I am Chris Jackson, the author of this blog. I was born in Manchester, England, but after 40 years I moved to Whangarei, New Zealand to start a new life. As a young man I served 8 years in the Royal Navy where I was lucky to see some wonderful places and some not so great. At the age of 30 I went to the University of Salford to study podiatry. I worked for the NHS until leaving for NZ in 2011.
This blog is an important venture for me, it is about expressing what I feel about the world. I will suggest politically that I am broadly somewhere between and an old style socialist and a left-libertarian. I realized early that I don’t really have a political party that represents me in New Zealand. I care deeply about the direction the world is taking and I try to make sense of the world by reading as much as I can to enhance my political awareness. In particular I read extensively in areas such as philosophy, psychology, history, sociology and economics. Over-time I have become a strong opponent of identity politics, primarily in its quest to be ‘diverse’ it has become exclusionary and elitist. While using mechanisms for example, the hi-jacking of speech to gain control. I am also a strong advocate of free speech, not just the stuff you agree with. I am also deeply concerned about the polarisation and binary thinking that is evident on both sides.
This blog is designed for me to formulate ideas, express my opinions and to learn from other people’s viewpoint. Some of the areas that I am deeply concerned about are; rising inequality, climate change and the west’s endless need for war. I feel that these are symptoms created by the system of neoliberalism and the ruling elite that benefit. These are areas I hope to cover in much more detail, along with other relevant topics that may grab my attention.