Nick is an activist to the degree his current geography (Ecuador) allows, which is to say that most of the time he's a cyber-activist!
Cyber-activist? Does that mean he's a computer-hacker? No, it doesn't. Not for lack of interest in the noble art of hacking, but for lack of ability! So, what does that leave?
Nick's activism stems from his ability to think critically, dispassionately, and rationally ... about what's really going on in the world. To see through and discard propaganda and misdirection, research alternative sources, identify the real issues, and join the many dots that are needed these days to even begin to be able to discern a picture approximating truth.
To put it bluntly, if you rely on mainstream media for your information, you will only ever get any truth that matters, either by accident, or if it happens to serve their masters' agenda or position.
Believe it or not, critical thinking is a very rare trait these days. It is certainly not taught in school, although its principles may still be encountered in the ever-dwindling number of Philosophy classes at colleges worldwide. Despite the fact it was Aristotle who said, 'It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain an idea without accepting it,' it appears our modern-day society has decided that independent and critical thought is very much over-rated. Why is that, do you think?
The miracle of the internet has of course made many things easier, but it has also made many things more difficult. These days there are many more than just 'two sides to a story' ... and all of these sides are available in almost real time. Discerning the 'real' from what is usually contrived, spun, or agenda-driven internet reportage or opinion takes a great deal of time and perseverance ... two things often lacking in our (deliberately?) fast-paced consumer-driven lives.
Having established the most likely truths from an often bewildering array of data and opinions, Nick writes his own opinions, generally with links to supporting evidence, and shares those opinions far and wide ... via blog-posts, short essays, letters, comments, Tweets, and Facebook ... and subsequently engages in robust debate with those who care enough to bother (especially with those who hold a strongly opposing view, but who perhaps have never critically assessed that viewpoint).
One of many things the internet has the power to do, is communicate information about injustices faster and to more people than has ever before been possible in the history of humankind. Internet activism allows like-minded people to find each other quickly and unite for a common cause. And what drives these causes is information, shared freely and instantly across multiple platforms so it can empower as many recipients as possible, as quickly as possible.
Internet activism is truly a phenomenon, and fortunately there are many savvy activists out there harnessing that power to try to do some good, expose wrong-doing, and generally take "The Powers That Be" to task. By sheer force of numbers, motivated activists have the chance to make the world a better place.
People have a choice. They can either take society's blue pill, pretend everything's okay, and just go 'back to sleep' in the standard program. Or they can take the red pill, plunge down the rabbit-hole, and let the good fight take them where it may. As you may have guessed by now, Nick has a fondness for the red-pill. Take your pill of choice by clicking on it above!
In respect of the issues which Nick finds troubling today, listed below are some leading lights who write and speak well about those issues. In the current profoundly troubling planetary paradigm in which we all live, these people and/or organisations are Nick's activism heroes. Perhaps, if you've read this far, you will take the time to check out what they have to say, and if it resonates with you, share it far and wide. Just click on the images to discover more.