In Christchurch, people are walking into WINZ/welfare and being giving money because THEY NEED IT.
This is seriously radical. (Wasn't there a C19 author who proposed "to each according to his need"?)
Modest Proposal: Let us adopt the philosophy of our dear leader, El-Supremo-Money-Changer John:
"The poor are poor because they made poor choices"
So, the poor in ChCh are poor because they made poor choices in the face of Seismic.
The poor in Auckland are poor because they made poor choices in the face of Capital.
It is widely known that of 1024 forex-dealers, after 10 all-or-nothing trades 1023 will be broke, and leave to get honest work.
One will remain with the firm conviction that his luck is in fact skill.
There is a tiny probability that he does in fact have the skill to profit from the misery of various peoples, as their money is devalued. But face it, its really just chance.
So let us propose that WINZ should apply the same harsh, vindictive, mean-spirited, sub-lethal force to Seismic survivors and Capital survivors. They made the wrong choices (where to live, what positions to take). Let us turn our faces away, leave them to the result of their wrong choices.
The alternative is far too radical to contemplate ... from each according to his ability ,,,etc etc