Well, maybe it's best to see this first post as a personal introduction and a "mission statement" of sorts.
I am a 48 yo male and I need to work for a living.
In a previous life I was considered upper middle-class and I had post-graduate education (Master's and started a PhD), but that was long ago.
Now I work manually and I could hardly be described as anything but low income earner.
Ideologically, I describe myself as an heterodox Marxist. This shows in my personal philosophical posture, which tends to be nihilistic. If you don't know much about Marxism, you'll probably be surprised to hear that Marxism is an extremely optimistic worldview. But, if you don't know much about it, you'll have to take my word for it.
I, in contrast, am deeply pessimistic. And I attribute this in part to my nihilism.
Which leads me to the next point of this post: I am writing this because I believe the world is ill. Maybe terminally so. I realize there is little I can do to make a difference. But I want to try and the only means I have to effect a difference is through my voice.
Don't get me wrong: I am not a profoundly "idealistic" character (idealistic in the sense of altruism). Marxists are often "idealistic" in this sense, although they are likely to deny it.
I am doing this because, as a good nihilist, I believe life has no intrinsic purpose. It's up to us to provide our life with one. So, as a good Magpie, I choose to fight, in the hope this may to some degree justify my own existence.
My promise to the reader is that I will try to be informative and fair.