Zero Day

First posts are always a pain in the ass but you need some kind of pitch to the reader. In this case I’m going to make it a brief trial run at what will become an ‘About’ page.

“The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”
                — Niels Bohr

I am Chris Naden, and I like arguing on the internet. In 2008-2010 I wrote a pseudonymous UK political blog as John Q. Publican (that being my profession at the time). I was a regular contributor to LibCon and other such fora. I was also engaged with, and was writing about, UK government violence against dissent in 2008 and 2009. Given FIT and various other bad habits, I kept my real name out of it at the time.

I’ve not been writing for the intervening three years, but I have been reading voraciously. My priorities and viewpoints have changed, not least because I fell victim to the recession and have been out of work for a while. In picking up the traces once more I decided I needed a new frame for debate, and decided to attach my real name to it.

I chose the blog title in a moment of whimsy after watching Good Night and Good Luck; in our modern society, we have a great many choices of giants to climb, and whose shoulders we stand on radically affects the landscape we survey. My tagline is inspired by my approach to more or less anything, which is the long view; often the very long view. My degree is in medieval and early modern history, and the tools I use are mostly from the historiographical tool-box. I read very widely, and I’m likely to write about any and all of history, economics, television, ethics, speculative fiction, religion, the developing world, the DWP, music, current affairs, dramaturgy, politics or funny cat pictures as the mood takes me. I would like to say I stand on the shoulders of giants, but I suspect I’m still at waist hight. Watch me climb.

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Per Argument Ad Astra

Politics, history, economics and rampant speculation from a victim of the Great Recession, currently at large in the West Midlands.

"When the regulation, therefore, is in favour of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters."
                -- Adam Smith


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