Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically: https://blog.aurynn.com/2015/12/16-contempt-culture
We're watching what's happening in the USA/UK with horror, yes. Most especially because it often gets exported here. Also we sort of beta-tested the big rightward swing of 'left' parties back in 1984. :(
And our housing unaffordability crisis is probably worse than Vancouver or London, compared to median wage.
There's a global democratic meltdown and we're not nearly as protected from it as we think.
@natecull @amphetamine @jamey I love your land, but come come. Everyone who reads elite journals knows the nail biting global plutocracy and much of their sycophant classes have long ago bought Aotearoa to be their private little Galt’s Gulch. Count the number of secluded estates in your backyard, then we can chat about Democratic feet.