The Refusal of Global Economists to Recognize Women’s Unpaid Labor

10 May

Why does the anti-nuclear vote only count in New-Zealand? I don’t get it.

The Most Revolutionary Act

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Whose Counting?

Directed by Terre Nash (1995)

Film Review

Whose Counting is a 1995 Canadian documentary about the early life of New Zealand feminist Marilyn Waring. With her 1988 book If Women Counted, Waring was the first to challenge whether GDP (gross domestic product) is an effective way to measure the performance of a national economy.

New Zealand’s Antinuclear Ban

The film begins with Waring’s election to the New Zealand parliament in 1977. The youngest member of Parliament (at 23), she was elected to a safe National (conservative) seat in rural Waikato. After serving three 3-year terms, she brought the government down by “crossing the floor” (ie signaling her intention to vote with the Labour opposition on the anti-nuclear issue).

Then prime minister Robert Muldoon called a snap election. He was voted out of office, with 72% of New Zealanders supporting Labour’s platform of permanently outlawing nuclear weapons and…

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One Response to “The Refusal of Global Economists to Recognize Women’s Unpaid Labor”

  1. stuartbramhall May 11, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    To answer your question, Aunty, Kiwis were able to ban nuclear power and weapons in New Zealand because thousands of people were willing to organize to make it happen. As Gandhi said, “When the people lead, the leaders will follow.” In my experience that’s the only way to make change:

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