It is tempting to see the fall of nations as externally driven events, like earthquakes, military conflict, pandemic diseases and so on. Wednesday's (Dutch) Telegraph featured an article of electoral geographer Josse de Voogd. Thursday's Telegraph featured an article of senior citizens complaining about the Dutch PM's political party. This made me wonder about a...
25 Sep, 2017
The outcome of the German (federal) general elections mirrors the Dutch one of 15 March 2017 in several ways: (i) huge success for a radical nationalist party, (ii) punishment for the governing center political parties, and (iii) a refusal of the Social Democrats for a new coalition government. The Netherlands still has no government despite negotiating with 4 to 5...
27 Jul, 2017
Actually, it's a near miracle that the 2004 merger between Air France and KLM is still operational. Mergers between or with French companies have often been dysfunctional (eg, Alcatel-Lucent, BAE-EADS, Orange-Bouygues, Publicis-Omnicom, Vivendi, Volvo-Renault, Wiki). On 18 July 2017, Dutch newspapers reported on a failed cooperation between Air France...
24 Jun, 2017
After one incident at a London mosque, the meaning of Islamophobia suddenly changed from Phobia – or Fear - into Hate. Muslims were also quick to judge non-Muslims for their hatred towards Islam and Muslims. Suddenly, Muslims are the real victims of Hate rather than Western citizens. A classic case of reverse psychology and projection by people in a victim role. The...
2 May, 2017
A Dutch interview with former PM Tony Blair of UK Labour was helpful in creating a better understanding of the new Great Divide: Nationalism vs Internationalism (eg, my blog, GPF, TED). Hence, the title of this blog: Identity vs Power. A choice between both isn't easy which may explain today’s political phenomenon of 51/49%. It might also...
28 Apr, 2017
Last week, I read the words white privilege again in a Dutch newspaper. Being white myself, it’s hard to have a non-biased opinion on this topic. The 1st time ever that I felt my whiteness was in Atlanta, Georgia, back in 1996. I felt less white in Kenya than in southern USA. I do recognise the concept of white privilege, although I think I've been in...
- Loyalty, fidelity and principles
- The reverse currency wars have begun (Axios Macro)
- Fact check: did universal health care prevent corona deaths?
- Why do we have labour shortages?
- Identity vs Power: dialects
- Art vs Science
- Truth or dare?
- Collective vs individual behaviour
- Is Turkey more trouble to NATO than it is worth? (Economist)