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A blog by Leon Oudejans

Duties & Rights

Do people indeed deserve a second chance?

Recently, someone claimed everybody who makes a mistake, deserves a second chance. This claim related to the alleged need for repatriating European born ISIS brides and their offspring (eg, NRC-1, NRC-2). Similar claims are made about imprisoned murderers. These ethical discussions trigger related ethics like forgiveness (victim) and regret & remorse...

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The 7 stages of Liberalism

Recently, I noticed several articles about post-Liberalism (eg, Economist, Lawfare). Their interpretation of Liberalism is quite narrow: only stages 2 and 3 below. In my 7 stages of Liberalism (below), I don't (fore)see any ending of Liberalism - ever. Just ongoing waves. Liberalism is viewed as a fundamental right in any society because Liberalism equals Freedom....

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You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to (Aeon)

"Do we have the right to believe whatever we want to believe? This supposed right is often claimed as the last resort of the wilfully ignorant, the person who is cornered by evidence and mounting opinion: ‘I believe climate change is a hoax whatever anyone else says, and I have a right to believe it!’ But is there such a right? We do recognise the right to know...

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Slavery of the mind

The African Holocaust Society defines slavery of the mind as follows: “Mental slavery is a state of mind where discerning between liberation and enslavement is twisted. Where one becomes trapped by misinformation about self and the world. So someone can claim to be conscious, they can read all the books they can recycle the popular rhetoric but still be unable to...

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A recent Big Think article quoting a July 2017 international psychological study on Individualism confirmed my earlier beliefs: "Individualism is thought to be on the rise in Western countries, but new research suggests that increasing individualism may actually be a global phenomenon". The reasoning is surprisingly easy to follow: "increasing socioeconomic...

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De kosten van zelfbeschikking

Spanje heeft weinig geleerd van haar eigen historie en die van anderen. De angst voor een Catalaanse onafhankelijkheid heeft gewonnen van de hoop op een verstandige afloop. De EU zal Catalonië niet als lid kunnen accepteren gezien de precedentwerking die daarvan uitgaat (Schotland, Vlaanderen). Engeland heeft misschien nog wat te onderhandelen maar Catalonië niet....

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