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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Obstacles

Recently, I had a discussion about a geographical distance. She asked if distance is an obstacle. I replied that distance is not necessarily an obstacle. Obstacles come in many shapes and forms (eg, distance, judging, negativity, pessimism). There’s a famous Henry Ford quote that gives the right angle for this topic: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see...

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Loving solitude = loving freedom?!

Recently, a Kenyan acquaintance posted the following: "Alone is not always loneliness. Alone is getting to find myself. [..]" In my view, she meant solitude. Hence, I replied by stating: "Solitude and loneliness are two very different concepts, despite being alone in both." She agreed. Several days later, I noticed a quote by Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860), a...

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Price elasticity of demand

"Despite the fastest inflation in decades, consumer spending has held up relatively well so far. But this may not last, and that’s where elasticity comes in. The price elasticity of demand, to use its full name, measures how sensitive buyers are to price changes." (NYT, 19 August 2022) Why has consumer spending held up so long? I think, feel and...

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Inequality and polarization

Recently, Belgian newspaper De Standaard published an article stating that a feeling of impoverishment pushes voters towards extremist sides. Hence, more inequality is responsible for more polarization in our societies. Also see my April 12 blog: Politics, a belief in (in)equality. For some time, I have noticed an increasing radicalization in the beliefs of...

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The 7 stages of Liberalism (2)

In 2018, I wrote my blog The 7 stages of Liberalism. Increasingly, I'm wondering if stage 7 was wrong and should have been on the rise of illiberal liberalism. Several articles deal with this phenomenon: Hoover-2014, OUP-2015, Politico-2017, Heritage-2017, Economist-2018 and T&F Online-2022. The key criterion of illiberal liberalism is the immediate desire to...

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Is stupidity at the Left feeding conspiracies at the Right?

Last week, I had an epiphany: what do (alleged) conspiracies (eg, Covid-19, EU, Trump, WEF) at the conservative-right have in common? Those all followed policies embraced by the liberal-left. In my view, the conservative-right overestimates the "intelligence" of the liberal-left. In my view, the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a left-liberal joke. The idea that those...

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