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My five themed blogs
- ☮ ‘The Metablog’
- My work-related occasional blog – which examines the troublesome and often difficult meanings behind today’s news and events rather than simply repeating the ‘conventional wisdom’ of the mass/social media
- ⚘ ‘Banburyshire Rambles’
- A photographic record of my walks around ‘Banburyshire’ and ‘The Irondowns’, and occasionally as part of my work around Britain, the areas beyond.
- ↟ ‘Long Walks & Anarco-Primitivism’
- A new blog on lifestyle change and simplicity, exploring the ecological and psychological dimensions of regularly spending time outdoors
- ☀ ‘An Anarchist’s Cookbook’
- A new blog on food, nutrition, and low impact lifestyles outside the expectations of 'consumer society'
- ☠ ‘djnz’s hackblog’
- A new blog on ‘techno-Luddism’, documenting ideas for low-tech engineering and technology hacking to help people regain control over the tools in our lives
All the blogs are hosted via
The Free Range Activism Website (FRAW)
About Ramblinactivist’s Blogs
Why do I blog? Writing is what I do; it’s the basis of my work and the main means by which I explore my own ideas.
Why “Ramblinactivist”? It wasn’t my idea. It was a label given to me in the peace movement during the middle-1980s, and it sort of stuck. I use it because, more than anything else, it very succinctly describes what it is I do.
I’ve been working with community groups for almost 40 years. 2021 marks thirty years since I left my ‘conventional’ job in engineering to become a ‘researcher & activist for hire’ – working first all around Britain, and then due to my IT skills, with development, education, and human rights projects in different countries. In all honesty though, what working with people from other countries taught me was how badly ‘over-developed’ people in Britain have become.
In all that time my focus on ecological issues has not changed from where it started out: Learning to live simply as a child; in a family generations of whom had lived that way; growing food at home and on allotments; keeping chickens; and foraging in the countryside. It made me an environmentalist.
Of course, at that time, this lifestyle wasn’t about being ‘ecological’ or ‘green’. It’s simply the reality of growing up at the poor end of the traditional ‘semi-rural working class’ in Britain at that time – before consumerism came along and sought to eradicate that kind of lifestyle.
In part, these blogs document my experiences within the ecology movement to pass on what I have learned from others
Curiously, I later found that my early deeply ecological perspective was not welcomed in the movement who professed to represent that view point. I’ve been exploring that disconnect ever since; in part because it provides an excellent guide to why – of all the ‘radical’ social movements that arose in the 1950s and 1960s – the environmental movement has failed to make major political change.
I ‘was there’ (associated at the time with The Green Party, Greenpeace, and especially Friends of the Earth) when the UK environment movement went mainstream around 1989-1996: I fought those battles; and lost.
Thirty years later the growing body of research evidence shows that the concept of “green”, trumpeted as the means to secure ecological change thirty years ago, is truly bankrupt. Unfortunately, having nailed themselves to ‘green consumerism’, the leaders of the mainstream eco-corporations are having problems unravelling those commitments now.
It’s how we move on from that situation, towards something truly progressive in terms of humans and their future relationship to the environment, which drives my work today.
In different ways all my blogs, like my work for the past thirty years, focus on the demonstrable reality (albeit unwelcome for today’s ‘affluent consumer society’) that the route to solving both the ecological crisis, and the growing downside of technological society, lies in living more simply.
Each blog represents a different facet of the same issue. Practical experience has shown me that people are more easily switched-on to change through different mechanisms which appeal to their personal outlook; and certainly these blogs look at ecological issues from outside the mainstream ecological perspective. More importantly though, as Jung emphasised a century ago, any process of change has to be routed in both ‘intellectual’ and ‘experiential’ perceptions; neither alone is able to convince people that change is required.
Finally I call all of my blogs, ‘occasional’; they are not produced according to any schedule. That’s because I only produce them when I have something to say, rather than just for the sake of saying something to echo something else going on in the world today. In a world already overloaded with information, I hope that you find what I do produce, when feel the need to speak, helps you to perceive more of this beautiful world around us.