When you possess ideological principles that aren’t just outside of mainstream political thought or are simply repulsive to the small number of people who have actually heard of your philosophy, one can either simply give up on affecting political change or find themselves within small echo chambers in which any scrap of news is jumped upon as signifying a change of political winds in your direction.

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Stephen Berry is a former Act candidate and Auckland Mayoral candidate. The libertarian political commentator retired as a politician in July 2020 and now hosts the Mr Berry Mr Berry Show on Youtube.