AmeriNZ 103 – Different ways

I have a cold, but I tried to edit this so it makes more sense. Sometimes I succeeded.

I begin with a brief history update, then I tell you about an evening Nigel and I had recently. For the main topic today, I tell you about life in a place with a political and economic system that’s different from my homeland’s. New Zealand has a parliamentary democracy and it’s a social democracy. I know that some of my fellow Americans would hate the idea of either, but other country’s ways aren’t necessarily worse or wrong. There are some aspects to New Zealand that even the rightest-of-right Americans would approve of.

My next political discussion with Jason will be posted on Friday, August 1 (NZ time). If you have any questions or topics you’d like us to discuss, please send them to Arthur(at] in the next few days.

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4 thoughts on “AmeriNZ 103 – Different ways

  1. Ditto. Also, you’d better do your VP picks on your next political podcast, because I doubt that both candidates will wait until their respective conventions to announce.

  2. Thanks guys, I am feeling a bit better, though colds do seem to hang around longer than when I was younger. We’ll definitely talk about the whole VP thing in that political podcast on Friday.

  3. This was a really good episode. I liked how you showed that just because things “The American Way” aren’t always the only way to do Government. The world is a big place and I agree that us American’s frequently get a chip on our shoulder that the way in the US is how all of the rest of the world should be. Diversity is a good thing and with an open mind, we can all learn from one another.

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