Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


Brexit, Dexit en Nexit

In Duitsland wil de extreme AfD een vertrek uit de Europese Unie. In Nederland hebben enkele extreme partijen een soortgelijke wens. In Engeland was het een wens van zowel de Conservatieven als Labour, beide mainstream partijen. Inmiddels vindt een meerderheid van de Britten dat Brexit mislukt is. Brexit, Dexit en Nexit gaan over meer nationalisme en minder Europese...

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“Ik geloof in conflict als model om vooruit te komen, niet in consensus.”

Bovenstaande bijzondere uitspraak maakte Geert Wilders in zijn Volkskrant interview van 15 november 2023. Een merkwaardige uitspraak omdat Geert Wilders niet of nauwelijks vooruit kwam, na het conflict in 2012 tijdens zijn deelname in het Kabinet Rutte-1. De winst van Geert Wilders op 22 november 2023 is gebaseerd op een vermeende consensus, met vooral de VVD....

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Streaming wars

In the late 1960s, I saw TV for the very first time. Broadcasts were still in black and white. In the late 1980s, Dutch commercial TV stations started (Wiki). The competition between commercial and public broadcasters was tough. Some people predicted that TV was dead when Netflix arrived. Today, the main competition is between fixed-time TV (commercial and public)...

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If you appoint monkeys then you get peanuts

I’ve published two blogs entitled If you pay peanuts then you get monkeys (ie, 2023-02 and 2023-07). After some consideration, that title would not have applied in this specific case because EU officials are well-paid. I’ve always wondered why the EU appoints light-weight politicians in senior jobs. Most likely, it’s about retaining Power by the heavy-weight...

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Strategy vs tactics

A growing number of Brits want to rejoin the EU (eg, YouGov). For the EU, there is no operational or tactical need. Strategically, the EU would be more powerful against China and USA; this is, however, a belief. The enlargement of the European Union is causing a similar debate (eg, EuroNews, Politico, Reuters). The Dutch PM made an interesting (Dutch) comment about...

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What defines a SuperPower?

Until about a year ago, many articles claimed that China would surpass the USA as an (economic) SuperPower. I never believed those articles. China did and does not meet the SuperPower criteria. Today, many articles assume that USA may not be surpassed. I doubt that too. The Roman Empire was - probably - the first global empire. Alternatively, it was a multi-regional...

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