New Zealanders seem pretty happy with what their government is doing, esp regarding Covid. I think most on here agree that communist countries are better equipped to fight off pandemics. China basically crushed the virus in 2 months. I still donít quite get how they were able to keep it in one province and the rest of the country basically had no outbreaks.
New Zealand, in an effort to get back lost income from international tourism, gave every working citizen a couple extra weeks of paid vacation to encourage citizen tourism. Itís working.
Not sure how anyone can say NZ has done a bad job with Covid, esp someone from the US.
But socialism ( which is what NZ is, not communist) is evil, right? Except for the fact that the General populace is healthy and happy.
NZ is also an island nation without huge population densities. They have some built in ďadvantagesĒ in dealing w a pandemic. The US is one of the richest nations in the world. Not all countries are dealt the same hand, so what?
If there are winners and losers, right now NZ has done great w the hand theyíve been dealt and meanwhile the US is a dysfunctional mess of selfish people that canít get on the same page to save some lives because our gvmt has trouble even looking at the cards.
NZ is definitely not a communist country
they're a parliamentary social democracy, same as Australia and the UK. Socialism is a very bad word in the US just because of how our country evolved, it was built on efforts of individuals who didn't want a far-off monarch, and later on a federal government, from interfering in what they wanted to do. So anything that feels like the government taking our money and giving it to someone else gets labelled as communist.
I lived in Australia for a number of years back in the 2000s and visited NZ (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) for work numerous times and to them, like to a lot of countries in Europe, having a social safety net that people contribute to is normal and part of living in a society which they want to keep egalitarian. I doubt they think of themselves as communist, particularly from a political point of view. Their standard of living is very high and most of them are happy with both their political system and their country and their trust in their political system and their government is much higher than we do with ours (which can be seen with how readily they follow government advice on lockdowns). But it's not for everyone, every country's history and motivators are different, so what works for them may not work here just because of those societal drivers that we have.
In fact imagine something like this happening here...in NZ in the just concluded election, one of the defeated candidates (from the National party) called the victor (from the Labour Party) to congratulate him, and was invited to the victory party to have a beer. They don't take themselves too seriously, these Kiwis and Aussies.
If this was here and a liberal showed up to a conservative's victory party or vice versa they would probably be taunted and have beer spilled on them, rather than being offered one to drink. The hate in our politics and the disdain we put on differing points of view have really gone to another level.
Also since they've just about eliminated the virus, they're allowed to have parties and drink beers in groups without worrying - I guess that's why they are/were willing to put up with some really draconian lockdowns