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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


The Dutch childcare benefits scandal

The childcare benefits scandal that toppled the (still outgoing) Dutch Cabinet is still expanding. At least 1,115 children have been taken away from their families due to that same scandal. These parents lost everything while they were being drowned in debt, following clawback activities by the Dutch tax authorities. A friend told me that the Belgian approach is the...

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Best efforts vs commitment

Many legal agreements have clauses that state that its adherence is based on 'best efforts' rather than a (legal) commitment. The vaccine supply contract between AstraZeneca and the EU is an example: the EU claims there's a (legal) commitment to supply, while AstraZeneca claims that supply is on 'best efforts'. In my view, the differences in actual and contractual...

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Man is fundamentally much more greedier than he is principled

Recently, I asked a friend and former colleague why there are so many (big) financial scandals in a BULL market (eg, Archegos Capital Management, Greensill Capital, Wirecard). Usually, such scandals occur in a BEAR market because losses can no longer be hidden (eg, from banks, press, public). This discrepancy is bugging me. After some further reflection, I could...

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Why don’t we retire retirement homes?

About 40-50% of Covid-19 fatalities were in nursing and/or retirement homes. I haven't noticed a single article discussing the need, the want, or the belief in retirement homes. Unlike the African or Asian culture, the western culture is not focused on taking care of our parents. I suppose the lack of articles is about our absence of - or unwillingness to face...

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Arrogance & ignorance – why people are so stupid

Over the years, I've written about arrogance vs ignorance (my blogs). These characteristics are each other's opposites: the arrogance of Left and ignorance of Right (2017) and the ignorance of Nationalism and arrogance of Globalism (2017). The link between ignorance and stupidity is quite clear (eg, Saturday's blog: We’re living in a golden age of...

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What is next for societies run by fear?

What is next for societies run by fear?

Today's societies are run by Fear rather than Love. Fear to express Love (eg, MeToo), fear over Money (eg, inequality), fear over Politics (eg, authoritarianism, globalism, nationalism), Religion (eg, Islam), Philosophy (eg, identity politics), Science & Technology (eg, anti-vaxxers, 5G), and fear over saying the Truth (eg, political correctness). Hence,...

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