I was quite busy last week and wasn’t aware of the move for suggestions for a “If I Wanted New Zealand to Fail” video - see HERE.
Prior to discovering it, coincidentally I had put down a few thoughts along similar lines.
Here are some that came to mind.
Firstly, bring in mind-altering thought-suppressing drugs and dope as much of the population as you can up to the eyeballs. A significant percentage would be rendered docile by the sweet-smelling weed and non-compos-mentis by meth. Much easier to control people who can’t think clearly!
Next, give high regard to criminals and gangs—the lumpenproletariat who with a bit of training can be turned into a useful revolutionary force. By high regard I mean put them on TV, give them a profile and a voice. Let them promulgate their views and air their grievances.
If a madman or a bunch of crims go berko with firearms, exploit it to the max; don’t miss the opportunity to guilt-trip the country. “We’re all guilty” works quite well.
Then work on promoting liberal laws on every issue to get people freer in their thinking and less likely to consider the consequences of a do-whatever-you-like-and-to-heck-with-everyone-else worldview.
Trash the economy, bankrupt it and flatten it all out so that it could be rebuilt in a new and “fairer” way. Pose as “experts” in the matter.
Farmers are not revolutionary enough. Replace them with co-ops or communes of some type.
Arrange for good books to be thrown out of libraries and fill them instead with pulp fiction, semi-pornography, left-wing propaganda, and books in other languages. Remind people that it’s all on the internet anyway and your kids can access it all at their fingertips so why worry about real books?
Arrange for schools to become places where young immature adolescents, after being repeatedly alarmed by lessons on catastrophism, can be groomed to become little warriors to save the world, carrying placards, lying down in the street, lambasting previous generations for their perceived negligence and failure, touring the world as hyped up missionaries of green religion and imbued with a sense of their own importance as the only hope for the planet. Naysayers could be labelled conspiracy buffs or deniers.
Socialise hospitals, making medical care primarily available to the lower socio-economic groups before anyone else. Make others wait and pay exorbitant amounts for necessary drugs. This would help to drive general morale further down. A discouraged population is more easily manipulated.
As I said, it’s only a few. But to attempt to turn things in a better direction, turn these into their opposites and then use the advice of real experts who are thinking straight; then perhaps we’ll be on the road to a better future than what presently appears to be looming.
And we might still hope that greater sense will eventually prevail.
Guy Steward is a teacher, musician, and writer.