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Who Wants to Live in New Zealand?


Show preview: sharing an accurate portrayal of where I grew up; how to establish a sustainable community

Everywhere I travel, as soon as my accent comes across, people tell me they want to visit or live in New Zealand—such is the pristine reputation the nation holds. Many can hardly believe that I chose to leave, but I am far from alone.

For economic freedom, lack of corruption, and peacefulness, to a large degree New Zealand merits its reputation. However, there is more to the story. Net migration to New Zealand has dipped into the negatives in recent times, perhaps for the first time in the nation’s history. So many people are voting with their feet and leaving that there is now a reality television show, “The GC,” devoted to the trend.

Tonight, I shall examine why one would or would not wish to settle in New Zealand, along with why so many people are leaving, and I have two experts who have already made the move there. Peter Cresswell, an architect and founding member of the Libertarianz political party, came from Britain in the mid-1990s. Daniel Zirker, a political science professor at the University of Waikato—where I graduated from in 2009—came from Montana, United States, in the early 2000s.
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand—one of my favorite spots in the South Island, along the Southern Alps.

In the second hour, I'll explore how people can change their thinking to establish sustainable communities. That may appear to be a non-issue, but history reveals a consistent line of violent revolutions with destructive outcomes. Dave Woodward and Nancy Snelson of the Sustainable Civilization Institute will join me to explore why that is the case—what they describe as a 100 percent failure rate—and what they see as the solution. The book they have published is Taming the Violence of Faith: Win-Win Solutions for Our World in Crisis.

Be sure to tune in tonight, 6 to 8pm EST, on the Overseas Radio Network! For all those who call in (1-888-741-7472), I will be glad to send a free copy of The Freeman magazine from the Foundation for Economic Education or their book, Great Myths of the Great Depression.

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This week’s articles from The Stateless Man

An Intellectual Oasis in Guatemala: Cris Lingle on Universidad Francisco Marroquín and the evils of central banking. This includes an interview with Lingle—19 minutes.

My $256 Picture of the TSA: Coming to grips with harassment from government “security.” This includes a monologue on my recent experience and lesson learned at the O'Hare International Airport in Chicago—11 minutes.

Recap: December 5, 2012

The Overseas Radio Network now has a full archive of all Stateless Man shows, dating back to March of this year, which are available for download. These links do not allow streaming audio, but this coming week I shall begin the process of uploading them to The Stateless Man’s archive, where they will be available for online streaming and linked to their related articles.

The guests from last week’s show, though, were as follows:

·      Jared Fuller: founder and CEO of the Liberty Business Bureau and Market Aces;
·      Kira Newman: blogger and tech writer for Tech Cocktail;
·      Michael Strong: educational entrepreneur with FLOW and Radical Social Entrepreneurs and expert on the Free Cities Initiative;
·      Cris Lingle, economics professor with Universidad Francisco Marroquín (profiled on The Stateless Man here and here).

In the previous week, The Stateless Man was the first media outlet to cover an exciting new business school and entrepreneurial hub in Santiago, Chile. Exosphere is set to open its doors in April of 2013, and founder Skinner Layne came on for a valuable discussion of higher education, leaving the United States for Chile, and vocational roles in the future. Listen here: 24 minutes.

If you have feedback or would like to recommend topics for the show and blog, please do not hesitate to email me at ferg@thestatelessman.com.
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