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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Ideology vs pragmatism

What just happened??

The 2022 U.S. midterm election results have surprised many people, including an allegedly furious Donald Trump. Like many others, I had chosen to believe the various (left+right) media articles predicting a Republican tsunami. It did not happen. The impopular Joe Biden did actually quite well. But why?? I suppose the voter discontent with anti-abortion amendments to...

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The Chinese implosion – a 2022 update (3)

Early 2016, I published part 1 and part 2 of this blog. I'm surprised that the Chinese implosion is nearer than I had expected. Usually, such a development takes decades. I suppose China's swift transformation from pragmatism to ideology is accountable and responsible for the acceleration of its implosion. The reasons for my current expectation are as follows:...

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2022 Conceptual Framework

There has been a diagram on my desktop since July 24. My initial version was published on LinkedIn (link) in response to someone else's diagram that I viewed as invalid. My August 26 version below is a major update. However, the macro scope is so big that I have trouble seeing its (true) perspective. The above diagram is - partly - the result of a lingering question...

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The rich get richer, the poor get poorer

Regardless of our differences in political ideology, the above title appears to be true. But why? On 24 March 2021, I already noticed this quote in Axios Markets: "One part of it is if you start with a pool of wealth you have something to accumulate wealth upon. If you start without one [then] you don’t." This quote combines two aspects; input (ie, "starting with a...

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Definitions: positive, negative, unknown

Our definitions are often positive because we know the how, what, when, where, who and why. Some of our definitions are negative: peace is the absence of war. Sometimes, we do not agree; then our definitions are not universal. Example: what is love? The ancient Greek used at least 6 different words. I suppose a main reason for negative or unknown definitions is our...

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Is it possible having no beliefs?

My recent blog on the 7 pillars of Wisdom, including Frans de Waal's comment on my August 4 diagram, has created some turmoil in my mind. In my view, the main difference between animals and humans is having (no) beliefs. In my view, an Awakening is about losing your beliefs. Can we have no beliefs? I consider myself a centrist and a pragmatist using common sense...

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