Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically: https://blog.aurynn.com/2015/12/16-contempt-culture
@jamey This is a very good essay.
Also, a fellow New Zealander! Yay!
We Kiwis/Australians (even the white ones) have a whole *backpack* of baggage about being second-class citizens because we're neither American nor British and have completely different seasons and yet have to keep trying to be American to invisibly blend into the English-speaking Internet.
You'd think that experience would make us more tolerant but it doesn't, always.
We're watching what's happening in the USA/UK with horror, yes. Most especially because it often gets exported here. Also we sort of beta-tested the big rightward swing of 'left' parties back in 1984. :(
And our housing unaffordability crisis is probably worse than Vancouver or London, compared to median wage.
There's a global democratic meltdown and we're not nearly as protected from it as we think.