Danyl Mclauchlan

Danyl Mclauchlan is a Wellington based writer and the author of two novels.

Science
Jul 3, 2019

The real enemy: Why blaming NGOs for climate inaction is stupid

There really are people worth blaming for inaction on climate change, and not a single one of them works at Greenpeace.

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Politics
Jun 7, 2019

Why calling the Treasury data scandal a 'beltway issue' is basically bollocks

What is a beltway issue? In the Treasury data breach story, as so often, it seems to be a byword for 'a political event which is embarrassing for the party that I like'

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Politics
May 30, 2019

The Budget 'hack' and the time-honoured tradition of desperate arse-covering

Grant Robertson should apologise, and the Treasury secretary should offer his resignation

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Politics
May 29, 2019

Budget hacking scandal: About time Treasury told us what actually happened

A brief technical explanation about what the 'hack' amounted to would be a lot more useful than all the bluster and nebulous waffle we’ve heard so far

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Politics
Apr 23, 2019

Peace, Rest and the Monkey Emoji Moon: playing Heartwork cards at Treasury

Last week Treasury hosted a 'social lab' which used decks of cards to explore ideas around wellbeing. Danyl Mclauchlan went along 

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Politics
Apr 17, 2019

Four months in, Labour’s ‘year of delivery’ is a disaster

Today's capital gains tax announcement is just the latest in a run of bad news for the government's much-vaunted policy projects, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

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Politics
Apr 8, 2019

In search of a way to do good that amounts to more than feeling good

A new movement that quantitatively measures charitable causes is sweeping the world of philanthropy. Is Effective Altruism the answer to the problems the world is facing?

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Books
Mar 13, 2019

Big Google is watching you

Danyl Mclauchlan stares into the abyss that is Google and wonders if we are about to experience the birth of a new, even more terrifying capitalism.

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Politics
Mar 4, 2019

The best argument against lowering the MMP threshold? Winston Raymond Peters

Winston Peters has spent decades gaming MMP to keep himself in the position of king (or queen) maker. Asks Danyl Mclauchlan, are we really going to make it even easier for politicians like him?

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Politics
Feb 28, 2019

CGT hissing proves how entrenched our unfair tax system is

Literally decades worth of untaxed capital gains have created a political nightmare for the government.

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Books
Feb 18, 2019

The subtle art of not giving a fuck about Jordan B Peterson

Danyl Mclauchlan on the 'ersatz enlightenment' of Jordan Peterson, who opens his New Zealand speaking tour with tonight’s sold-out event in Auckland.

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Politics
Feb 14, 2019

Notes towards a grand unified theory of the terrible National Party sausage ad

Everyone is ripping into the National mansplaining-KiwiBuild-barbecue ad online. But what if that was exactly what they wanted to happen ...

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Politics
Feb 11, 2019

Not a racist bone in your body? Please meet implicit bias

Research points towards an unconscious, cognitive basis for racism and other forms of discrimination, suggesting that even the super-woke can be secret and subconscious racists, writes Danyl Mclauchlan

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Politics
Jan 31, 2019

A centrist Greens party is a compelling thought. And it’s pretty much doomed

For a new environmental party to work, it would have to win its place largely by courting voters from the left.

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Politics
Jan 28, 2019

Why a public vote is the wrong way to determine drug policy

Does the way we approach drug law form fundamentally overlook what addiction is all about?

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Books
Jan 5, 2019

Review: Jordan Peterson’s ’12 Rules for Life’

Danyl Mclauchlan investigates the strange philosophy of number one best-selling author and thinker Jordan B Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life.

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Media
Jan 2, 2019

Summer reissue: While we rage at media, Silicon Valley’s titans pollute our lives

We love to hate the media but it's social media we should be concerned about, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

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Politics
Dec 28, 2018

Summer reissue: Jami-Lee Ross and an unprecedented political betrayal

The Jami-Lee Ross saga was unique in New Zealand's political history. Danyl Mclauchlan explains why.

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Media
Dec 9, 2018

While we rage against the evils of media, Silicon Valley’s titans pollute our lives

We love to hate the media but it's social media we should be concerned about, writes Danyl Mclauchlan.

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Books
Nov 29, 2018

Thus spoke Nietzsche: Danyl McLauchlan on the superman philosopher

Book of the Week: Danyl Mclauchlan reviews a brilliant new biography of Friedrich Nietzsche, who declared, "I am not a man. I am dynamite!"

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Politics
Oct 20, 2018

The uniquely damaging betrayals of Jami-Lee Ross

The Jami-Lee Ross saga is the most damaging betrayal in New Zealand's political history. Danyl Mclauchlan explains why.

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Politics
Oct 15, 2018

One little leak has plunged Simon Bridges into a deep political nightmare

Political leaders and their advisers know that the kind of disunity evidenced by the Jami-Lee Ross attacks is uniquely toxic with the public

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Politics
Oct 11, 2018

Step one: accept people don’t, and may never, give a toss about climate change

The political process is not working, the public doesn’t care and may never do so

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Politics
Oct 8, 2018

The next few weeks may decide the fate of Simon Bridges

Is Simon Bridges working out as National leader?

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Politics
Oct 2, 2018

Whistling on migration yet leaving migration high: what’s Winston playing at?

It is useful for NZ First to race-bait by grandstanding about immigration but never useful to ever do anything about the issue, reckons Danyl Mclauchlan

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Books
Sep 27, 2018

Book of the Week: Danyl Mclauchlan on Yuval Noah Harari

Danyl Mclauchlan examines Yuval Noah Harari's latest attempt to explain the world.

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