LIVE@MIDDAY: Why Bannonism-Trumpism Has Set Its Sights on Aotearoa New Zealand – Buchanan and Manning

A View from Afar: Live @ Midday Thursday – In this podcast, political scientist Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning will deep-dive into how Aotearoa New Zealand is in the cross-hairs of two distinct political powers – one has been around for a while and applies influence operations aimed at elites; and the other uses cultural and ideological diffusion that is aimed at civil society. One is a state power, and the other is a cultural ideological phenomenon.

The former wants to change the perspectives of elites in favour of the People’s Republic of China; whereas the latter originates from the United States of America and aims to change the character of democracy itself.

The latter is an under-defined, hardly hidden ideology that we will refer to as Bannonism-Trumpism.

So what is taking shape in New Zealand? Why is New Zealand a political lab-rat of sorts?

How is this battle taking place for the minds and political thinking of New Zealand voters?

What should you be aware of?

What political parties are most vulnerable to these two powerful external influences?

What is the end-game?

Is resistance achievable?

Join Paul and Selwyn for this LIVE recording of this podcast while they consider these big issues, and remember any comments you make while live can be included in this programme.

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