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 and morally that I am broadly a left-libertarian, with a strong utilitarian streak. I realized early on 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. In its quest to be ‘diverse’ this movement has become exclusionary, puritanical and elitist. Using control mechanisms such as, the hi-jacking of speech to gain ascendency. I am a strong advocate of free speech and 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 economic 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. I hope to cover many of these areas in much more detail, along with other relevant topics that may grab my attention.