Why I’m running
New Zealand is following a predictable route around Tytler's cycle of nations from chaos through courage, liberty, abundance, complacency, apathy, dependence and back into chaos. The Overton window has shifted left so that: one, the handouts of socialism seem sensible while few consider "who will pay?", and two, the sanctity of life is eroded. Watching, I thought it was time to do something, as Edmund Burke said: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing".
Growing up in South Africa, I witnessed the damaging influence of discrimination on society. I set up a soup kitchen for street kids, and saw that arguably the worst corollary of apartheid was the destruction wrought on families, as fathers went to work in the mines, and mothers in white suburbs, resulting in children raising themselves. Unfortunately New Zealand is heading down a similar path with over-worked, single parent families becoming a norm. NC policies encourage strong families.