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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


Ideas and ideologies are immortal

While reading the second Jack Carr novel, True believer, I noticed an expression: You can kill a man but you cannot kill an idea. This proverb is either credited to the ancient Greek Sophocles, or to American civil rights activist Medgar Evers. This ancient proverb has, however, been used by many (source). What keeps evidently unsuccessful ideologies alive? And Why?...

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The Future of US-China Relations (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures title: The Future of US-China Relations By: George Friedman Date: 15 November 2022 "Earlier this week, the G-20 summit opened in Indonesia, during which the long-awaited meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping took place. That they met at all means the meeting was a success. That it was three hours long is...

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Under Xi Jinping, Women in China Have Given Up Gains (WSJ)

Wall Street Journal title: Under Xi Jinping, Women in China Have Given Up Gains WSJ subtitle: Women’s labor-force participation has fallen since Xi took power, and China has dropped 33 places in a global gender-gap report By: Shen Lu Date: 9 November 2022 "In China’s state-media narrative, the Communist Party can pride itself on “historic achievements” on women’s...

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Several people and/or countries demand reparations for past wrongful acts (eg, climate change, slavery, WWII). In case of countries, these demands often feel like blackmail or extortion. In case of people, these demands often lack causality due to time elapsed (eg, centuries). Moreover, there is an indirect and implicit claim of a collective sin, like the Germans...

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Negotiations (GPF)

GeoPolitical futures title: Negotiations By: George Friedman Date: 8 November 2022 “The United States has asked Ukraine to be open to negotiations with Russia, according to a report that was likely carefully leaked by U.S. officials. Since no one in the U.S. administration is denying the report, it’s meant to be taken seriously by the Ukrainians. (Considering that...

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What just happened??

The 2022 U.S. midterm election results have surprised many people, including an allegedly furious Donald Trump. Like many others, I had chosen to believe the various (left+right) media articles predicting a Republican tsunami. It did not happen. The impopular Joe Biden did actually quite well. But why?? I suppose the voter discontent with anti-abortion amendments to...

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