Author: Chris Ford

Chris J. Ford is a disability advocate and researcher from Dunedin, New Zealand. He has just completed an MA thesis at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, on the development and implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy by successive governments since 2001. He can be contacted at

Disability politics in a time of capitalist crisis: could history repeat itself?

A recent article in the British Observer by Ian Birrell discussed an ominous development that has historical connotations. “The demonization of the disabled is a sign of the times” outlined how more and more British disabled people are being increasingly subjected to bullying and hate crime.[1]