My name is John Ward, and I am a 68 year old Brit living in France.
I was educated from 1953-1969 in a free education system that was, for much of that era, the envy of the world.
I studied History & Politics at Liverpool University, and social anthropology during a career in marketing communications research spanning thirty years. This extended education taught me that the vast majority of economists, politicians, civil servants, lawyers, accountants and business leaders prefer belief systems, process, numbers and money to the study of What People Need.
I live in France because I’m a francophile, I can’t afford (or find) the sort of life I’d like to lead in Britain any more, and the weather here is better while the booze is cheaper.
Like an estimated 25.6 million Britons and 128 million Americans, I don’t vote any more because I feel disenfranchised by leaders that look down on me – while I find it impossible to look up to them.
So I am far from being a lone nut.
I have been blogging in one form or another since 2003. In 2010 I founded The Slog, a site that has grown slowly but steadily to a situation where, six years later, 3.2 million readers have ever been here, 1.3 million people visited in 2015, and in an average month the content reaches 56,600 medium frequency regulars.
To date, The Slog has largely focused – outside of occasional Saturday Essays and the wonderings of At the End of the Day – on the symptoms of a world addicted to the rigidly bad science more commonly known as ideology.
That policy gets me high hits, because Homo sapiens is obsessed with tribalist news…and thus distracted from species analysis. However, The Slog not being “monetised”, I’m very happy to keep seeking out influential thinkers rather than meaningless numbers.
I don’t want this site to become a souce of chest-prodding didacticism: it is the isms that have turned our world into a mess. The level of humour will be maintained, and the focus on agendas behind the news will continue.
But day by day from here onwards, I will aim to link the events to the malady. News is only rarely random: most of it is created by the tiny minority of power-freaks and belief system priests who try to tell the rest of us what to do, say, and believe.
The only thing required for the 3% to triumph is for the 15-20% of intelligent, decent citizens to look the other way. I would like them instead to come here, and rethink their approach.
My philosophy is an update of Jeremy Bentham’s approach. I believe the purpose of government is to aim for the greatest fulfilment of the greatest number of its citizens.
John Ward, August 2016