The Failed Showcasing of Liberal Democracy

The Failed Showcasing of Liberal Democracy

What a study in contrasts Trump’s Asia trip is providing the world. I thought a bit about how especially China views the United States from the outside. What set this line of though in motion was the totally out of place question to Trump during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about gun control. Here we had Trump on stage with another world leader talking about the tense North Korea nuclear standoff, bilateral trade and relations…

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Crudity As A Political Weapon

Crudity As A Political Weapon

“Pee, poop and toilet paper are all that belongs in the toilet”. These are the words of a governmental anti-rat campaign that ran last year in Oslo, Norway. On its surface the words ring true, food scraps stuck in the sewers serve as food for hungry rats and encourage breeding. Throwing non-degradable sanitary and hygiene products into the toilet can clog the pipes, allowing easy access for the rat population. As such the campaign seems to make a lot of…

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Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Trump and The Doctrine of Strategic Niceness

Scavenging through YouTube for clips of Trump on his Asia-tour it is becoming increasingly clear that Trump is using “niceness” as a weapon. If I remember correctly it was Scott Adams on one of his Periscope streams that talked about how Trump wants to make it preferable to be his friends. His Twitter “attacks” can certainly be seen as a part of a pattern of behavior lending credibility to this theory. He pounces on media and political critics and lavished…

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The Assumption of Mainstream Wrongness

The Assumption of Mainstream Wrongness

I’ve had an underlying assumption in my brain for quite some time now. I’ve assumed that what the “mainstream” tells me, be it newspapers, television, books, people and so on, is to a large extent shallow, wrong and/or misguided. This applies to many different aspects of life, for instance news reporting, diet advice, workout tips, investment guides and so on. I believe that this scepticism has served me well, as it has allowed me to avoid falling into the pitfall…

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Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

Reclaiming Visual Glamour From The Left

What does “politics is downstream from culture” mean in practice? Earlier today I was browsing through music videos on YouTube and the gears and cogwheels in my brain started spinning. I don’t usually use YouTube for music videos so in general I’m quite unfamiliar with music videos as a medium. I just finished “The Power of Glamour” by Virginia Postrell a few days ago, so I was primed to be aware of the glamorous set pieces contained in the videos….

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Not So Charitable Charity

Not So Charitable Charity

Charities are good and above reproach, right? When I was young (and naive) I believed in the collective lie that we tell ourselves. That charities and NGOs are firmly planted in the category “good” and that any contributions would go to help the needy with as minimal an overhead as humanly possible. I thought that all employees of such organisations must be pure of heart without a selfish bone in their bodies. Alas, this untruth failed to survive even the…

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Putin’s Evil Master Plan

Putin’s Evil Master Plan

I’ve written about similar thoughts several times earlier, but the facts simply keep lining up, so I’ll have another go. I don’t think it is inconceivable that Putin and his intelligence agencies have a hand to play with the Russia conspiracy. Not in the sense that they colluded with the Trump campaign in order to undermine Hillary and help Trump across the finish line, but rather in order to undermine the United States. Proxy wars between great powers is not…

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