My name is Simon – enough said. I’d rather have some element of anonymity due to the fact that my political and social opinions have landed me in trouble with an extremely right-wing, fascist, authoritarian employer once before, hence the reason I teach in WA’s public education system where secularism is A-OK!
Basically, I’ve had my left-wing ideals since I was quite young. I grew up with my dad being quite involved in politics, he was a member of the ALP during the 80’s and friends with a number of politicians who went on to bigger things (and infamy).
However, it was not until high school that I developed my own personal philosophies and ideologies more articulately – reading about events such as the English Civil War and figures such as Oliver Cromwell, learning about the Soviet Revolution and its instigators such as Vladimir Lenin and Trotsky, and before this reading about Marxist theory. Developing more ideals about anti-imperialism by learning about U.S intervention in Central and South American nations and in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
I also have a passion for environmental and animal conservation and believe that humans need to begin an equilibrium with our environment – we need to change the way we eat, meat consumption is far too much. We are able to consume protein and vital nutrients through other sources such as plants and grains, there is no need to continue butchering cattle and other livestock and also clearing forests so that we may herd these beasts.
We also need to change the way we use fuel and our consumption. I envision an electric system running on purely solar power that will energise a circular transport system in our cities.
Anyway, that’s what I’m about – oh yeah and there’s also the fight for more tolerance amongst people as well, but that’s the tough one.