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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns (Reuters)

Reuters title: Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warnsDate: 22 November 2021 "BRUSSELS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said on...

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We trust others like we trust ourselves

My motto is trust but verify. I borrowed it from Ronald Reagan who borrowed it from a Russian proverb (Wiki). To a large extent, my motto avoids distrusting and/or mistrusting most people (difference). I trust myself, except for my "addiction" to (Dutch) liquorice confectionery a.k.a. "drop(jes)". Once they're in stock, they must be eaten. Mostly, I...

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The redundancy of politics (3)

If the Covid-19 pandemic has learned us anything then it's that politics is useless and (thus) redundant (my blogs). Either politicians deny or denied Covid-19 (eg, Brazil, Tanzania, UK, USA-Trump) with a disastrous result, or they exaggerate its impact on society (ie, < 0.1% cumulative fatality rate). The only country with a pragmatic approach was...

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Começar de novo (1979) by Simone

Começar de novo (1979) by Simone (Bittencourt de Oliveira) artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2, Wiki-3Start again and count on meIt will be worth it to have dawnTo have rebelled, to have debatedTo have hurt me, to have survivedTo have turned the table, to have known meTo have turned the boat, to have helped me Tostart again and to count on meIt will be worth to...

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The Peter principle and human stupidity

In the 1980s, I used to compare organisational promotions to density: the lower someone's density, the faster and higher (s)he will be promoted within an organisation. Probably, I was not yet aware of the Peter principle, "which observes that people in a hierarchy tend to rise to their "level of incompetence", a 1969 management book by Dr. Laurence J....

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USA embaces MMT. What could go wrong?

Former US president Obama is the first modern Democrat who left huge deficits. He had an excuse. Before Obama, Democrats were often the ones cleaning up the financial mess left by Republicans (eg, Bush tax cuts). Today, both parties believe in the Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), which argues that government budget deficits are solved by printing new money. Printing...

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