The Pine Tree Paradox, by Michael Parker

The Pine Tree Paradox, by Michael Parker

For a number of weeks we have been offering our registered users the opportunity to buy a copy of Michael Parker's The Pine Tree Paradox.

In fact we delivered so many, the first print run sold out.

But the second printing has arrived and we can now open up the offer to all readers*.

When an idea comes along that can transform a country, you want to share it. That's what we want to do with Michael Parker’s The Pine Tree Paradox.

We all know that New Zealand's economic issues are chronic rather than acute. We continue to slide down the OECD ladder. The ideas in The Pine Tree Paradox are a game changer and offer a completely different way up and out.

Michael Parker creates a vision for New Zealand driven by innovation, not agriculture, and paints a clear view of our national strengths and potential as a global centre of innovation.

It’s a spectacular idea, focused on creating a real, achievable long-term solution. But it's no quick-fix.  You can see Gareth Vaughan's video interview with Michael Parker here »

Not only does the big idea in this book challenge many local institutions and policies, it is one well worth reading, one we think you will want to share.

You can get your copy here »  (Credit card payment only**.)

In fact, it will also make a heady holiday gift for friends who like great ideas.


* while stocks last.

** the cost is $24.50 including GST and delivery. It can only be delivered to a local New Zealand address.
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Good luck with that.

Especially with the political wing of Fed Farmers in govt.

And especially with the ex-farmer brother of the Fed Farmers president being the deputy PM and Minister of Finance of the political wing of Fed Farmers.

Or you can wait and get my book for half that with promises of quicker wealth and less reading....

I hope it has lots of pictures.

It does. It's called the Steven chapter.

Better have some very simple mathmatics too, call it the David chapter.

It will need lotsa pics (must be in colour!), just a few numbers, none exceeding 100 'cos we will then have a ready market for 121 copies to make one available to every poli.

Large print edition, please.

No wait. Keep a few for AB and also those Treasury hacks.

Is there any point reading this book if we have already read Paul Callaghan's "From Wool to Weta"?

Callaghan is right. The way to wealth is industry of a type that pays high wages.

Ironically, almost nobody realises that this is Sweden's secret. Leftwing liberals are so stupid, that they claim it is Sweden's welfare system and its high equality that makes it successful. This is like claiming that Microsoft is successful not because it designs and sells a lot of clever computer gear, but because Bill Gates gives a lot of money away.

Sweden has less than 10 million people and has a nuclear energy industry and an arms industry that exports guided missiles. Ironically leftwing liberals mostly oppose any arms industry, or nuclear energy, in their own country. (Paul Callaghan identifies NZ's anti-nuke unreason as a feature of our poor regard of science and technology).

People often claim that the USA benefitted relatively from WW2 because it did not get bombed, and its industries grew considerably. But Sweden did not fight at all, and sold arms to both sides.

Sweden's other advantage that leftwing liberals choose to ignore, is the "social capital" of centuries of Protestantism, and a near "monoculture" with few citizens of cultures that are more vulnerable to perverse incentives. The McCarthy Commission in the early 1970's in NZ presumed from Sweden's example, that generous welfare provisions would not result in significant perverse behavioral changes in NZ. They were completely wrong, especially regarding young Maori women and the DPB.