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The oxymoron of government innovation

Several governments are busy reigning in the power of private businesses. On July 5, Bloomberg claimed that "[] what’s clear is that Beijing is looking for a way to control data collected by private companies, and is willing to shut them down if necessary." The Bloomberg article added an interesting line: "China still hasn’t figured out exactly how that...

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How powerless human leaders look like (2)

I made a thinking error in yesterday's blog. Only after writing my blog, I started wondering about famous persons like Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and even people like Alexei Navalny and Greta Thunberg. Aren't they examples of powerless leaders? The mere fact that formal leaders fear such powerless people makes them...

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Believing without evidence is always morally wrong (Aeon)

Believing without evidence is always morally wrong (Aeon)

Sometimes, I fundamentally disagree with an article. This is one of them. The title even feels like an oxymoron (a contradiction in terms). Believing in something always assumes a lack of evidence. There is no believing with evidence as that would equal facts and/or knowledge. Apart from my linguistic comments above, I disagree with the notion that "believing...

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Fair inequality vs unfair equality

Fair inequality vs unfair equality

A 2017 Yale study revealed that people prefer fair inequality over unfair equality (eg, BBC, BT, Nature, NS). I recognised this outcome immediately, and only wondered Why. This study may even explain the fall of communism, the continued decline of social democracy, and the current attacks on privileged segments of society (eg, Incel movement, men,...

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The paradox of limiting free speech to defend free speech

The paradox of limiting free speech to defend free speech

On 6 April 2018, the American liberal news organisation NPR published a newsletter with the intriguing heading: Should free speech be limited? Also see this liberal PBS 2013 article. The NPR topics caught my interest. Limiting free speech, in order to defend free speech, appears to be the newest weapon against disinformation, fake news, and...

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