Something to celebrate!
This Diamond Anniversary issue celebrates sixty years of political action and achievement. It also pays tribute to the willing workers who, over decades, have sacrificed time, effort, money and family to build the base for those successes.
It also marks my quarter century as Guardian editor. In February 1989, I quoted from a 1933 report of the Economic Crisis Committee of the Southampton Chamber of Commerce:
“Never in the history of mankind have the opportunities for human advancement been greater, and it is probably that never has mankind been threatened by such overwhelming disaster as at the present time. With a civilisation built upon a fundamentally faulty economic structure, it would seem disaster is inevitable in the absence of any attempt to readjust the economic system to modern requirements. Signs of such a fate for our civilisation are not lacking in the face of so serious a challenge, no individual should fail to accept the grave responsibility which rests upon him in regard to the future.”
Those comments are even more relevant today.
In this issue, DSC leader Stephnie de Ruyter offers “a workable alternative which can restore New Zealand’s independence, establish a more equal society, protect our fragile environment, and build a secure, prosperous future”.
Now that is something to celebrate!
Published: July 2014