My name is Neil Paterson, and I am a 25-year-old American. I grew up in southern Idaho with my mother and three older sisters; my parents were divorced when I was only one, and my mother moved us from California to Idaho shortly after.
My family was raised Roman Catholic, mostly Conservative, and we were taught strong moral values. After high school, I attended the University of Idaho, where I majored in Psychology and Minored in Music. Washington State University hired me immediately after graduation in the Human Research Protection Program, where I currently work as a Human Subjects Review Coordinator. I have had my brush with Atheism and somewhat radical political ideas; as I read more about history and philosophy, I rationalized a more conservative perspective on the world.
My hobbies include playing/composing music, playing video games, reading (mostly non-fiction), and socializing with friends. Percussion is my instrument of trade and the focus of most of my compositions. Video games are a great way to socialize with my peers and will always be a fun form of entertainment.
Fun fact: I have had two near-death experiences, which have convinced me that there is something more to life than meets the eye.
My relationship to Socialism is that of an outside observer and reader of its history. Certainly, I am by no means a scholar or expert in the topic, much like my fellow comrades (pun intended) of the Millennial and Gen Z generations in America. I first heard of Socialism from a Ukrainian immigrant with whom I worked; he lived under true Soviet Socialism and made it clear to me that it is quite literally “hell on earth.” History, as far as I can tell, seems to back his claims.