Actually the title is an oxymoron. But we’re seeing a lot of blaming in political leadership. Trump is an obvious example. Started his campaign for US President by blaming Mexicans for real or imagined woes. The solution was a wall. Almost daily he seems to have crises that are to be blamed on others – staff, the Democrats, the media is popular – without any sense of personal responsibility.
There’s actually two sorts of blaming that Trump is involved in. The first is blaming groups of people for societal problems. The second is blaming groups of people or individuals as the case may be, for day-to-day issues.
The former is the most serious and we owe it to ourselves to be constantly vigilant to protect our freedom and democracy. Trump justified his initial blaming of Mexicans with dubious comments about crimes they have committed.
We have a new government in New Zealand. At the heart of this government is a strong signal that immigrants and foreigners are to blame for transport congestion, house prices and struggling infrastructure. It’s an attractive scenario on the face of it. If we’ve let too many people into the country or let them own assets without properly equipping ourselves for it, then it’s got to stop.
But it’s a very slippery slope. When the Labour Party produced it’s list of Chinese-sounding names of house buyers there was an outrage. Some Chinese families have been here since the early 19th century. But more significantly, it was simply racial profiling, the likes of which we hadn’t seen from a political party since Muldoon’s Samoan overstayer crackdown in the 1970s.
Labour is now as one with NZ First in cutting immigration to fix problems that immigrants have allegedly caused. The solution is not going to be a wall, but paperwork at the border at Auckland International Airport in Mangere.
Now is the time for leaders everywhere to stay vigilant to protect those being blamed.
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Interesting post Stephen.
A common external enemy is often practiced. The previous administration was not adverse to such processes. Thus when there are no absolutes in the current pluralistic world anymore individual responsibility and truth are paramount.
This is why Margaret Wheatley’s recent work is a way forward and Ken Wilber’s a unifying framework.
Your closing refrain
“Now is the time for leaders everywhere to stay vigilant to protect those being blamed.”
is still as relevant as before, just those being blamed and those doing the blaming may have changed positions.
May the courageous conversations begin as we address the first elephant in the room.