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A blog by Leon Oudejans


Absolute immunity for Joe Biden

Most articles claim that Donald Trump has won following the recent SCOTUS verdict about (near) absolute immunity for (former) US presidents. That would only be true if Joe Biden would not use this verdict to his advantage. SCOTUS has also given Joe Biden a near absolute immunity. Interestingly, a dissent SCOTUS opinion may also be read as a very implicit advice to...

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Is democracy the worst form of government, except for all others?

China and Russia often criticise and/or ridicule Western democracy (eg, recent Bloomberg article following Trump’s felony conviction). The surge in Western nationalism is somewhat related to that criticism. In my view, it’s (indeed) rather easy to criticise democracy but how about its alternatives?? On 11 November 1947, Winston Churchill (1874-1965) made the...

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Finding our goals in life

Usually, we do not think about finding our goals in life. Those goals arrive “automatically” and/or subconsciously. For nearly everyone, our primary goal is survival (eg, food, housing, water). For most of us, money is our secondary goal in life because money satisfies our needs and our wants. When our needs and our wants (in life) have been satisfied then finding...

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Nato needs a bland, non-ideological leader. Mark Rutte will be perfect (FT)

Intro LO: Author Simon Kuper writes that Mark Rutte is not a visionary. I'm not so sure about that. Technically, Simon Kuper's remark is valid. However, in my view, Mark Rutte's vision is about (his) Power. That would also explain his role as longest-serving Dutch PM. Quite often, visionaries are about Knowledge. Mark Rutte's main strength is his relentless...

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Bipartisan politics: between autocracy and multi-party coalition

Recently, Allister Heath (b.1977) wrote an intriguing article in The Telegraph, entitled: For the first time in my life, I’m now beginning to think Britain is finished. Its subtitle was another clear message: "The country’s self-image as tolerant, decent and hard-working is being smashed. It’s only going to get worse". My main thought was: what is the difference...

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Timmermans versus Wilders

Afgaande op artikelen in kranten (o.a. Telegraaf) zijn nieuwe Tweede Kamer (TK) verkiezingen aanstaande. De wederzijdse uithalen suggereren een strijd tussen GL+PvdA (Frans Timmermans) en PVV (Geert Wilders). Het aanstaande vertrek van Mark Rutte maakt de VVD nogal irrelevant. Onlangs maakte BNR econoom Kees de Kort een scherpzinnige opmerking in het Financieel...

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