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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Welke “Ruk naar Rechts”?

De grootste verrassing van 6 juni 2024 was de afwezigheid van een grote verrassing, zoals in Nederland op 22 november 2023. De verwachte “Ruk naar Rechts” (in de media) viel mij heel erg mee. Eigenlijk had ik meer anti-Europees sentiment verwacht. Rusland zal daarom teleurgesteld zijn. De afstraffing van de Franse president is misschien de uitzondering. Hij is...

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What happened to liberal conservatism?

My title has been borrowed from a recent FT article on their formerly liberal conservatives a.k.a. Tories. My initial gut feeling was that liberal conservatives are now illiberal conservatives. The same argument also applies to the American Republican conservatives. For many years, the word liberal has been an American insult. Nowadays, it’s slowly becoming a...

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Is democracy the worst form of government, except for all others?

China and Russia often criticise and/or ridicule Western democracy (eg, recent Bloomberg article following Trump’s felony conviction). The surge in Western nationalism is somewhat related to that criticism. In my view, it’s (indeed) rather easy to criticise democracy but how about its alternatives?? On 11 November 1947, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) made the...

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“Ethiopians do not feel African”

Some months ago, a Kenyan friend made this comment to me. In 2012, I felt the same after a girl walked inside a local Kenyan restaurant. She was very tall, very slim, a very high neck, surrounded by several necklaces. Apparently, she was a famous Ethiopian model. After doing some research, it appears that Ethiopians may indeed have an important argument for not...

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Friendships: different or similar like you?

On 6 February 2024, an Aeon Psyche article posed the following question in its title: “Is it better to have friends who are like you or different from you?“ Before reading its conclusion, I checked my gut feeling. In my view, similar is more likely than different. I was right. There’s an adjacent field: relationships. People often say that opposites attract. Merriam...

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Het laatste woord

Het laatste woord in een discussie geeft je vaak een prettig gevoel: van winnen. Vervolgens ontstaat er een nieuw en naar gevoel: van verlies. Je realiseert je dan plotseling pas dat er een geheel andere intentie kan zijn voor het niet antwoorden: afscheid (o.a. relatie, samenwerking, vriendschap). Elke discussie tussen twee (of meer) personen gaat eigenlijk over...

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