Ask me anything
“ Good, Better, Best,
Never let it rest,
Until your Good is Better,
and your Better is your Best. ”
Nursery rhyme recited as motivation by NBA legend Tim Duncan
“ Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. ”
John Kenneth Galbraith
“ After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. ”
“ Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women. ”
Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace
Recently there has been controversy in New Zealand over the Labour Party’s proposal to allow the party to stop men from seeking selection as candidates in some electorates in order to more fairly represent gender in the party. Quotas.
I am against a system of quotas, not because I don’t want women to be represented in parliament but exactly because I want them to be properly represented in parliament. I am passionate about the cause of women in politics and leadership roles and my time in South Korea has furthered my interest in feminism and gender equality in this regard.
That being said, as a liberal (more in the classical than American definition) I also object to a political organisation trying to fix a complicated problem not by being earnest and looking for long term solutions, but by simply creating rules. Making a rule isn’t the same as changing a cultural mindset.
On a final introductory note I find a chilling irony from well intentioned men talking about how to improve gender equality by means of sitting around and deciding what is best for them.
Here are my objections in descending order
One of my favorite comics from XKCD, I was reminded of it when reading The Economist’s article about online comics the other day.
“ In a free society you don’t need a reason to make something legal, you need a reason to make something illegal. ”
The West Wing - S02E15 Ellie