There have already been several people arguing that restricting access to (foreign state) propaganda is against the (individual) right of free speech. I trust you will see the inherent contradiction(s). Nevertheless, let's assume, for the purpose of this blog, that these people actually believe in what they're arguing. The above is an example of the paradox of...
Tolerance vs intolerance
20 Nov, 2021
NRC titel: We moeten ons afvragen: wat betekent ‘2G’ voor de democratie?NRC ondertitel: Dat bij 2G echt iets op het spel staat, lijkt het kabinet niet te beseffen. Andersdenkenden worden uit de samenleving verstoten, schrijft Fleur Jongepier.Datum: 14 november 2021 "Wanneer ik mij een voorstelling maak van de protesterende ongevaccineerden, waarvan een flink...
18 Nov, 2021
All over the world, you can see a similar trend: democrats getting undemocratic and liberals getting illiberal. Intolerance (eg, for people thinking differently) is increasing. My blog is not about the (lack of) legality of that trend (eg, Austria, USA). My blog is about the Why of this trend. Last Sunday, Dutch ethics professor Fleur Jongepier was warning the Dutch...
5 Sep, 2021
Introduction LO: I'm not fond of opinions, including the one below, which feels like a personal attack. Nevertheless, any zero-virus policy is indeed arrogant and ignorant and doomed to fail. Viruses are neither alive nor dead, at least following human definitions (ie, Nature's Tree of Life). Moreover, their origin is still unknown. The more you prevent viruses to...
9 Jun, 2021
Last weekend, the Dutch Financial Times featured two articles both related to risk appetite (article 1, article 2, my blogs). When combined, these articles argue that our risk appetite is decreasing following (i) our (increasing) demand for control, (ii) our (increasing) fear of failure, and (iii) our belief that a "malleable society" is feasible. I had to digest on...
3 Mar, 2020
Recently, a conversation about someone's relationship issues led to the unnerving topic of unequal relationships. Unnerving because I recognised myself in her story. Her issues have 1 single source: her partner tolerates her presence. In the final years of my marriage, I felt the same: my presence was being tolerated, with barely veiled hostility. Relationships are...
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