New Zealand Using Same CNN “Unemployed = Junkie” Propaganda to Justify Neoliberal Flexible Workforce Policies

by Scott Creighton

(just a quick note)

A reader, flyinggabriel, left us a link in yesterday’s article that shows how New Zealand is also trying to use the addiction “crisis” in their country to justify Big Business hiring cheap foreign labor via the “refugee crisis”. Yesterday I wrote about how CNN was saying businesses in America are having to hire illegals and refugees because American job seekers are junkies.

The New Zealand government, with the enthusiastic help of the corporate MSM, have just trotted out the exact same accusation to justify it’s open-door immigration policy ie; that domestic workers can’t pass a drug test. (The failure rate is around 1%) Coincidence? I don’t think so.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89858196/bill-english-says-employers-are-regularly-telling-him-that-kiwis-cant-pass-drug-tests
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/89876945/bill-english-claims-about-kiwi-jobseekers-using-drugs-not-backed-by-data

At a time when people at least started to understand what addiction was as opposed to thinking it was all about a lack of character on behalf of those who suffer from it, this latest developing trend of propaganda promises to set recovery sciences back a decade or so. Obviously this is not the reason business wishes to hire cheap labor, either via illegal immigration or by bringing in refugees by the tens of thousands to further cripple the wage structure.

What’s more, by blaming the “junkies” for this hiring trend, the implication is that when you see an unemployed citizen of the nation, your friend, your neighbor, your family member, it’s “probably because they’re junkies” and that is horrendously dismissive.

Labeling the addicted with that kind of stigma is bad enough as it hearkens back to the dark ages, the Reefer Madness days in America.

But now this new line of propaganda in support of the further destabilization of wage structures in the U.S. (and apparently New Zealand) looks to brand a Scarlet Letter “J” for “junkie” on anyone who is unfortunate enough to be unemployed as well.

“Labour employment spokesman Grant Robertson said English’s comments were a “diversionary tactic” based on anecdotes rather than hard fact.

“In his pathetic defence of his Government’s failing immigration policy, the Prime Minister has managed to condemn a generation of Kiwi workers as druggies,” Robertson said.” Stuff

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21 Responses

  1. The fake left isn’t around to contest instances of economic injustice like this. How convenient.

    • well, Rachel Madcow may need to blame “junkies” for Killary’s loss at a later date if this whole Russia thing falls apart.

    • For the neoliberal Empire, all its victims abroad are “human shields” and “collateral damage.” Or simply, “terrorists.”

      All its victims domestically (i.e. poor and unemployed people) are “lazy junkies.” Or simply “dope fiends.”

      They used to be called “welfare queens.”

      • don’t forget “deplorables” and “conspiracy theorists”

      • To be low-income or unemployed in a neoliberalized society is to be worse than nothing. I’ve seen people on benefits criticizing OTHERS LIKE THEM.

      • What’s worth remembering, is that according to government data, over 90% of unemployed beneficiaries will be working 12 months from now. In other words – in a year from now our ‘unemployable lazy junkies’ will be an entirely new set of ‘unemployable lazy junkies.’ This fact alone, totally guts their specious and deplorably defamatory claim

  2. This trick of calling unemployed people “lazy junkies” is not new. Rep. Steve Womack, (R-Arkansas) was saying this in 2013. In 2011 Republicans tried to pass legislation requiring all recipients if unemployment benefits to take drug tests. Also in 2011, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (who is now Trump’s ambassador to the U.N.) claimed that a nuclear reservation in S.C. was having trouble filling jobs because half of the applicants failed a drug test. (In reality the number of applicants failing a drug test was less than one percent.)

    When Florida required drug testing for welfare seekers, state taxpayers had to shell out $118,140 for drug tests. That was $45,000 more than would have been paid out in benefits. (Only 2.6 percent of welfare applicants failed the test.)

    You see, we don’t have an unemployment problem. We have a drug problem. We don’t have a shortage of jobs. We have a shortage of drug-free candidates.

  3. All politician should be drug-tested regularly during their time in office. Not to mention revealing their “excused” list of prescription drugs many are probably taking. Ever wonder what some of them are on?

    • Yeah, great idea. I’ve wondered if Paul Ryan is on meth? He seems tweakish lately. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before he gets busted in an airport bathroom. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  4. NZ is a neoliberal wonderland. In the 80s it was like Chile without the military junta.

  5. What’s worth remembering, is that according to government data, over 90% of unemployed beneficiaries will be working 12 months from now. In other words – in a year from now our ‘unemployable lazy junkies’ will be an entirely new set of ‘unemployable lazy junkies.’ This fact alone, totally guts their specious and deplorably defamatory claim

  6. Reblogged this on Job Path and commented:
    The criminalisation of the unemployed seems to be a new world wide phenomena. When did it become OK for a government to blame people for being unemployed, calling us cheats, scroungers and junkies. It is the governments responsibility to make a buoyant economy that creates and supports jobs, if this is not achieved there will be unemployment.

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