Trouw titel: De Anton de Kom-lezing van Kathleen Ferrier: We oordelen, zonder ons in de ander te verdiepen Trouw ondertitel: Toen ze na vijf jaar in Hongkong terugkwam in Nederland, viel haar op hoe de samenleving is verhard en gepolariseerd, en hoe diep breuklijnen op het gebied van inkomen, religie en etniciteit zijn geworden. Dat vertelde Kathleen Ferrier dinsdag...
26 Jul, 2019
Nowadays, people believe that cultural diversity is good and a monoculture is bad. Nevertheless, movies often show successful monocultures (eg, Margin Call, Trading Places, Wall Street, Wolf of Wall Street). In the 1983 comedy Trading Places, there is even a bet between two very rich white men that applying diversity will/will not make a...
15 Dec, 2018
TROUW INTERVIEW: Othman El Hammouchi is de jonge luis in de Vlaamse pels. Hij komt in zijn boek ‘Lastige waarheden’ op voor de Vlaamse moslim. ‘Kuifje hoort thuis in de inburgeringscursus’. "Immer gekleed in pak en wit hemd is hij de man die de deur openhoudt voor een dame, en zijn mails steevast ondertekent met ‘diepste hoogachting’. Twee jaar geleden won Othmann...
13 Jun, 2018
On 8 June 2018, the Austrian PM introduced an intriguing new concept, "parallel societies", to close several mosques and extradite its related imams and their families (Guardian). The Wiki page for a parallel society refers to the German federal website for political education (BBP) for its definition: "In the public debate, "parallel societies" combine...
11 Jun, 2018
My recent blog on diversity was rooted in an article by Sylvain Ephimenco, a gifted writer of Dutch newspaper Trouw. The article is about a rather fundamental change in opinion on diversity by the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR). The 2007 WRR diversity report focussed on identity, identification with the home country, and...
8 Jun, 2018
Diversity literally means “turned into two” and is – in that context - the opposite of university, universe or universal (Quora). Multi-versity would be a better word for describing contemporary societies. In general, diversity (or multiversity) is fine with us as long as it doesn’t bother us. This is also known as the Not In My BackYard (NIMBY)...
- What is the “Great Replacement” right-wing conspiracy theory? (the Economist)
- Democracy might be in crisis. But Autocracy certainly is (FT)
- “I just don’t care anymore.”
- “Solitude has always been my analgesic of choice.”
- Love, Knowledge & Power and zero-sum
- The final taboo
- “Without love, life has no meaning”
- How the Ukraine War May End (GPF)
- Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)
- Pushing boundaries