Nick Vasey was born in the year of the
(1968), raised in various parts of Australia, and completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in accounting, marketing and law in 1989 at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. Thereafter, one year of working in a multinational accounting practice was all it took to convince him to quit the typical career-path, and go travelling instead. Wise choice!
Professional Life - Once In Vilcabamba, in late 2008 Nick founded the Vilcabamba Real Estate Company
Writing Life - In 2011, Nick finally finished writing a novel called ' Roppongi
Global Outlook - In recent years Nick has watched with mounting dismay and concern the unsustainable, ecocidal and generally corrupt directions in which the world is moving. At the root of pretty much all these problems is the love and pursuit of money, regardless of consequence. All our (mainstream) societies' systems venerate this false god, and greed is actually celebrated as a virtue. It was Gandhi who said, 'The Earth has enough for every man's need, but not enough for every man's greed.' Small wonder then, that humanity collectively finds itself in the sort of trouble it is in. Just a few examples below, in no particular order of importance ...
>>> Democracy: The concept of democracy has been almost entirely subverted via the application of money by corporate and other vested interests. It is impossible to call the USA, or any country that allows money to significantly infiltrate the political process, a democracy. Until money is completely removed from the political process, genuine democracy is an impossibility.
>>> Massive Wealth Disparity: Corporate speculators, hugely wealthy hedge-funds, and trans-national corporations exercising monopolistic or oligopolistic powers have destroyed anything resembling free and fair markets globally. As a result of prices being manipulated for profit, poverty-stricken people in developing countries starve to death. By any measure except those of a psychopath, this is immoral, inhuman, and unacceptable.
>>> Climate Change: Climate-Change - a demonstrable fact caused by human behaviour - is ignored because the perceived solutions are politically unpalatable, and damage corporate interests. Conversely, the hugely profitable oil, coal and gas industries which serve corporate interests, are not only subsidised by taxpayer money, they are worsening the atmospheric CO2 problem and thereby condemning humanity to a (not so slow) baking. Accordingly and unsurprisingly, temperatures and severe weather events are increasing, species diversity is decreasing, eco-systems are dying, and our own species' very survival on this planet is threatened.
>>> Increasing Police State & Global State Terrorism: The President of the USA has decided to indefinitely detain anyone he wants to, without charge, and is routinely murdering anyone he wants to (including his own citizens) in distant countries, with remote-controlled robots. Needless to say there is no oversight, no accountability, and no recourse for any of the victims, their families, or any of the other thousands of people living in fear of death arriving silently and suddenly from the sky ... 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
>>> Unpayable Debt / Fiat Currencies: Governments run up unpayable debts and print ever-more fiat currency as the 'solution' to averting financial disaster. This act of 'creating currency' cannot happen without simultaneously creating more debt (which itself can never be repaid). Our global financial system is fundamentally built on a Ponzi Scheme driven by creating money out of thin air, then compounding that problem via the process of fractional lending. Like all Ponzi schemes, collapse of this system is inevitable. When that happens, it is of course, the ordinary, largely blameless, and certainly clueless citizens who will suffer the most.
>>> Banking & Finance: Banks and their white-collar criminals get bailed out with taxpayers' funds, while those same taxpayers have their properties repossessed, are bankrupted, and then made homeless. This is not a free-market with consequences for bad and/or criminal business decisions - it is a form of socialised capitalism, where if you're a large bank and you win, you win ... but if you lose, the taxpayers pick up the tab. This is a denial of the fundamental principle those same capitalists insist make the marketplace efficient - that bad businesses should be allowed to go under. 'Mistakes' and/or criminal behaviour should have the appropriate consequences, and this is currently not the case - on the contrary, malfeasance and idiocy have been rewarded.
>>> Shoot the Messenger: Whistleblowers such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, and journalists like Julian Assange, who uncover and expose massive war-crimes, are illegally imprisoned/tortured and persecuted respectively, seemingly without a whimper of protest from the mainstream population and compromised corporate media which pander to the government line. Wikileaks has done a better job of breaking huge stories in just three years, than the rest of the world's press combined, has done in the last thirty! That fact alone should terrify you. It is certainly terrifying the Powers That Be, who will seemingly stop at nothing to muzzle and silence any credible media source which is not part of the (bought and paid for) mainstream media 'establishment.'
>>> Criminalising of Dissent Generally: As we saw with the swift, coordinated and illegally violent suppression of the Occupy movement, the Powers That Be have very little time for entertaining the notion of any group seriously challenging the status-quo. That system's public servants are now little more than servants of the corporatocracy, and as such are employed to protect State and Corporate interests. This has of course resulted from the subversion of the very democratic systems which are supposed to guarantee freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and the like. For example, in the USA this process has been accelerated by the implementation of the NDAA and suspension of Habeas Corpus. It was Mussolini who famously defined fascism as effectively 'the merger of corporate and state power.' Any objective observer of the USA would have to agree that is the picture we're looking at.
Nick Vasey - Overview & Personal Statement