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Summary for the intersection of those whose perspective is that of the 90+% and with skin in the game, and those with some feel for reality rather than conformity.

The idea here is an attempt to counter the cognitive dissonance of almost all politicians, economists and conservationists.

This leads us to consider probably the prime example of NZ's cognitive dissonance - our fresh water resource. Fresh water is our most valuable resource and renewable, but also able for the medium term to be destroyed as a resource.

From there it is not hard to discover how badly, short sightedly and stupidly our key resource has been, and still is being, managed.

All analysis on this site is predicated on the following fundamental realities. Without understanding these realities it is not possible to make sense of the current state of our culture and environment:
1. Corruption is where a public servant makes decisions in favour of themselves or their institution rather than on behalf of the public.

2. To be a scientist requires humility, curiosity and a willingness to be challenged. Fail in any one requirement and you are not a scientist. In practice, failing in one requirement normally means failing in all and being nothing nore than an intellectually dishonest bureaucrat.

3. Pyschopaths: like and abuse power; don't have empathy; rise to the top in larger groups/organisations; have no integrity; lie with compunction. Pyschopathy is not new but it is becoming more common. “To recognize the malice, cunning, and hypocrisy that power produces, and the peculiar ruthlessness often shown by people from ‘good families.’” Marcus Aurelius

4. A more formal definition of Physchopathy: Psychopathy is among the most difficult disorders to spot. The psychopath can appear normal, even charming. Underneath, he lacks conscience and empathy, making him manipulative, volatile and often (but by no means always) criminal.

5. Socialists believe the answer always lies with more government. Conservatives believe the answer always lies with strong leadership (but with accountability exempted). Both are always wrong and end up with the same centralised control and abuse of power.

6. All institutions decay first to the point where they are no longer fit for purpose and second beyond where reform is possible.

If you disagree with the above fundamentals it is possible you don't have the critical thinking required to understand root causes. You will note symptoms but probably can not see the wood for the trees. You are fully entitled to take offence but you are not this site's intended audience.