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Principles vs rules

What happened to liberal conservatism?

My title has been borrowed from a recent FT article on their formerly liberal conservatives a.k.a. Tories. My initial gut feeling was that liberal conservatives are now illiberal conservatives. The same argument also applies to the American Republican conservatives. For many years, the word liberal has been an American insult. Nowadays, it’s slowly becoming a...

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Friendships: different or similar like you?

On 6 February 2024, an Aeon Psyche article posed the following question in its title: “Is it better to have friends who are like you or different from you?“ Before reading its conclusion, I checked my gut feeling. In my view, similar is more likely than different. I was right. There’s an adjacent field: relationships. People often say that opposites attract. Merriam...

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De rechter als instrument

Afgelopen maandag heeft het Gerechtshof in Den Haag de eis van drie NGO’s (t.w. Oxfam Novib, PAX, The Rights Forum) toegewezen om de export van militaire onderdelen te stoppen (o.a. AD). Ik hoop en verwacht dat het Kabinet een cassatieberoep bij de Hoge Raad instelt. Het is principieel onjuist dat minderheden, via hun NGO’s, het Kabinetsbeleid bepalen. De...

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Why do we underestimate?

While watching the tv series The Catch (eg, IMDb), I suddenly wondered this: do we always underestimate? Our underestimations are usually about (i) whether we can trust someone, or (ii) how much space and/or time something takes (eg, LinkedIn, Medium, Quora, Tiny Buddha). The answer may relate to the "problem-solving principle" Occam's razor. It's often...

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When the Past is unknown, the Present and Future become relevant

My title above just entered my mind. That title might also be the reason why the human species is not really interested in its distant past. Our history seems restricted to its last 7,000 years. Anything that happened before the great flood (c.20,000-c.7,000 years ago) appears to have been lost “forever”. Perhaps, our ignorance towards our distant past has a...

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The lesser of two evils principle

The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BC) once wrote in Nicomachean Ethics (c.335 BC-322 BC): "For the lesser evil can be seen in comparison with the greater evil as a good, since this lesser evil is preferable to the greater one, and whatever preferable is good". Is this even true?? I had never questioned this principle. Current events...

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