Politics

The Difference between Having a Choice and Making a Choice

As of lately I notice how “It’s their choice” is often used to wrap up a debate. Like, we don’t need to discuss this because it’s people’s own choice. Or, this problematic behaviour is okay as long as people do it out of free will and are not forced to do so. I think that’s not right and is brushing off the discussion way too flippantly. A choice is made…

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The Myth of the Good Patriot

Last week actor Ron Perlman got a lot of attention on social media for calling out Donald Trump on a number of issues. Although noble at first sight, a better look at Perlman’s tweets show a staggering limited view on the matter. Perlman referred to the United States as “the greatest nation on earth” – and those five words just completely ruined his entire message. The United States is not…


A Marxist with an iPhone

Now with the recent protests in Hamburg organised by the left wing youth and the occasional violent escalation spurred by anarchists, a certain meme is doing the rounds again on social media. The meme appears in various forms and depictions, but always comes down to the same concept. Pick a photo of a radical socialist or otherwise left wing supporter in a frame where they allegedly benefit from a capitalist…


Wolfenstein and Being Woke in 2017

After my previous piece about the old 1992 game, I felt the new series deserved their write-up too. Because it’s very different from the original, but also very, very brilliant. Last week, as I predicted in my previous article, Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was announced at E3. When the name of this new game was leaked ahead of the reveal, it didn’t immediately click with me. But a little…


Dutch Formation Failed Due to Reformism and Capitalism

The Dutch cabinet formation is currently deadlocked. After negotiations between VVD, CDA, D66 and GroenLinks have stopped, there seems to be no viable alternative available. This is caused by a number of options that are ruled out by certain parties. The bourgeois press and political commentators regard this as unwillingness to make concessions for the sake of the national interest. They want to give the impression that the parties are…


9th of May and The Great Russian Victory

Tomorrow it’s the 9th of May. On that day Russia and many ex-Soviet countries celebrate Victory Day. The day that Nazi Germany was defeated and the flag of the USSR was planted on the Reichstag in Berlin. For many folks outside Russia this not known or has very little significance. But it deserves to be recognised and the Russians deserve to be recognised as the ones that won the Second…


The Comfort Zone of World War II

Call of Duty is going back to familiar grounds. This year’s game is made by Sledgehammer and will take us to the famous campaigns of the Second World War. Once I tried to impress my crush by telling about my fascination with the Second World War. It did not have the desired effect. “Ugh, what is it with all the men being obsessed with that war? There are so many other…


Activism Against Overproduction: Don’t Stop at Your Boycot

A much debated subject of activism is boycotting. By some considered pointless and idealistic, by others seen as a kickstarter for a bigger movement of resistance. Not only in leftist circles it’s popular to not buy certain products as protest against policies or ethical questions. Also centrist or right leaning folks can take part in it from their identity as consumer. “Vote with your wallet” is a popular vehicle in…


Portugal and Learning How to Steer Hard Left

While the whole of Europe is tumbling over each other in political discourse, fear of the right wing and disastrous divide on the left, Portugal is quietly fixing its problems in a left-wing minority government. The Labour parties of Europe are slowly getting wind of the succes, but their attempts of copying it will fail unless they are willing to stop negotiating with the right and turn their attention to…


Elections in the Netherlands: A Quick Guide

Next month the Dutch vote a new parliament into office. In the fragmented politics of the Netherlands this marks the start of a period of heated coalition talks to form a government. Typically it takes an average of three parties to form a majority. With the election of Donald Trump and Brexit fresh in mind, the Dutch fear a similar paradigm shift with far right populist Geert Wilders soaring in…