I have been a socialist since I was 16, radicalised by the Vietnam War.
I am a liberationist – I believe in Marx’s idea of the self-emancipation of the working class.
So I reject Stalinism and recognise it as the opposite of socialism. A brutal dictatorship in which all the decisions about production are made by those at the top has nothing in common with socialism. It is state capitalism.
I have been a union and political activist for many years. I am a member of Socialist Alternative although the views expressed by me here are mine and mine alone.
Apart from that I love the Dragons, the ‘Pies, aquarobics and cricket. And my family.
And I loved taking my beloved Leo on walks in the back paddocks near where I live and talking to him about various social, economic and political issues. There was incomparable joy in these walks. That joy has returned with a new dog, a rescue dog, Teddy. I call him Ted. He too loves his walks and puts up with my discussion.