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Vaccine mandates are mobilising the opposition

It's probably safe to argue that Donald Trump lost his re-election due to his failed handling of Covid-19. I believe he would have been re-elected if he had - at least - taken Covid-19 serious. It's probably also safe to argue that Joe Biden's vaccine mandates are mobilising the Republican opposition (eg, AP). AP, 2 November 2021: "A closely contested race for...

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Facebook: Click. Bait. Fight. Regulate. (4)

Things are moving faster than I anticipated. The Facebook Files or Papers (eg, WaPo) are causing bipartisan political outrage in Europe and especially in USA. A part of this outrage is political theater. The other part is probably rooted in emotions like revenge & retaliation. Facebook managed to alienate almost everyone. These Files or Papers evidence that the...

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Obedience to authority: respect vs Power

"Bosses have power over their workers, parents have power over their children, and, more generally, we can say that those in authority have power over their subordinates. In short, power refers to the process of social influence itself—those who have power are those who are most able to influence others." (a quote from Obedience, Power, and Leadership). Power needs...

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Freedom: micro vs macro

Freedom used to be a clear and undisputed concept. Today, it's perspective has changed into a micro and a macro focus. The micro focus is still about the individual. The new macro focus is about society at large. Today, the freedom of society (if any) is apparently more important than an individual's freedom. This development implies that an individual's freedom has...

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Is politiek nog relevant in Nederland?

Op 17 maart 2021 hebben we gestemd voor de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen (uitslag). Het politieke midden werd verder uitgedund en de flanken kregen er extra zetels bij. Links heeft slechts 26 van de 150 zetels (8x GL+9x PvdA+9x SP). Aan de rechterflank werd flink gewonnen. Nederland verrechtst steeds meer. Een enorm verschil met mijn jeugd (o.a. Joop den Uyl). Een...

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Stewing Conflict Between German High Court and the EU Could Boil Over (der Spiegel)

Introduction LO: This article represents a very important topic that has featured several times in my blogs. It can be summarized as follows:- the heads of European national states appoint (and fire) the heads of the EU Commission and EU Council;- the national parliaments need to ratify EU decisions;- hence, national Supreme Courts must be superior to the European...

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