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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Cycles and Waves

The media is the virus

The slogan "media = virus" is written on a bridge that my son and I passed, last Saturday. He pointed it out to me. I replied that there is a lot of truth in it. The slogan dates back to the early corona days. Its meaning was different then: the relentless pushing of micro data (eg, infections) while ignoring the macro view. Essentially, nothing has changed...

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Society’s farewell to the best & brightest

All over the world, former politicians are being handed jobs by current politicians at semi-public organizations. In my view, this explains why the European Central Bank is not following the Fed on interest levels. As a consequence, the euro is near historic lows compared to the US$. Now, we are even importing inflation. Amsterdam Airport is an important airline hub...

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China: from pragmatism to ideology?

American ideological wars have confused non-Western countries, like China and Russia. America (and Europe) look weak and vulnerable in their perspective. This may explain Putin's "historical blunder" by invading Ukraine. As Aristotle already stated: "A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies". I am confused by the apparent transformation of successful...

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Quality vs Quantity

Recently, the Dutch FT published a story about a well-known start-up company facing production problems: from cool to faltering. This story can be summarized by: quantity up, quality down. To a large extent, it resembles capillary action: if you push the liquid in one tube down, the other one goes up, despite gravity. In 1855, Robert Browning wrote his poem Andrea...

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The victim to offender cycle

In past centuries, Russia was invaded several times by (a.o.): Turkey (1570-1572), Poland (1609-1618), Sweden (1708-1709), France (1812), Japan (1918-1922), and Germany (1941). The roles were reversed after WW2. To date, Russia invaded Georgia (2008), Crimea and Donbas (both 2014) and Ukraine (2022). The above paragraph is an (international)...

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Fashionable stupidity (Carl Jung)

Recently, I noticed a quote by Carl Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst: "I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud." The reference to fashionable stupidity is part of his 1920 address to the Society for Psychical Research in England. Clearly, stupidity is not a contemporary issue as it...

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