Politics

The Strange and Problematic Metaphors of the Washington Post

A while ago this colourful metaphor from a reporter of the Washington Post did the rounds on internet. It got flack both for the inappropriately absurd allegory, as well as the oversimplification of a rather complex political situation. But while most of the criticism is aimed at the role of Vladimir Putin as ice cream man (there’s a sentence I didn’t ever expect typing), I find that there is something…


In Defence of The Animus

Assassin’s Creed is a game that is criticised a lot. In fact, it might be one of the most criticised games in the modern market. That’s to be expected from a series that is so insanely popular and so prominently present in the media. But apart from the familiar tendency of getting flack for being popular, it’s also the creative choices of the team behind it that have not always…


Break the Wheel, America. Break the Fucking Wheel

“Lannister, Baratheon, Stark, Tyrell, they’re all just spokes on a wheel.  This one’s on top and that one’s on top and on and on it spins, crushing those on the ground. We’re not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”  – Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones I realise that using a quote from a fantasy television series doesn’t exactly scream political intellect and academic foundation for the…


Brexit, British Nostalgia and Selling Biscuits

Today The Telegraph reported how the Tory government will make sure that Great Britain will remain prosper in the face of the impending exit from the European Union. The article reads like a pastiche, an irony laden story book from a hundred years ago. And perhaps that’s all what Brexit was about from the get-go Brexit is a power fantasy. A conservative dreamland of Victorian patriotism and chauvinistic bigheadery. Brexit…


Revolution at the DNC

I hate Donald Trump and I don’t like Hillary Clinton. I’m not a fan of Vladimir Putin and I can’t call myself a supporter of Barack Obama. I like Bernie Sanders but he has a lot to learn. I don’t think Clinton should be president and I support the protests against her nomination. I don’t think Bernie supporters should vote Trump. It doesn’t sound that complicated but to many people…


The End of Two Party Politics

The last two years have shown us that the domination of a binary choice in political parties in Great Britain and the United States has to end. The seemingly unbreakable hegemony of two slightly different moderate parties has been criticised for ages but hardly anything has ever happened to break it. The Current Situation In the United Kingdom there’s little room to wiggle between the establishment of the Labour party…


Brexit, Referendums and Democracy in the EU

This year we have seen two referendums in Europe concerning the future of the European Union. The first one had relatively little impact. The Dutch were allowed to have their say in the trade deal between the EU and Ukraine. The second one is, of course, Brexit. Although the latter is a hundred times more significant, both showed the wide gap between a large part of the populus and the…


Children, Teachers and the Stupid Things They Do

When I was eight years old, I went with a friend behind the school building and we drew on the wall with markers. I was already a little antifa back then, so I drew swastikas with a prohibitory sign. Like, red rim and diagonal red stripe through the middle. But, obviously markers on a wooden wall; you can’t see colour. So a teacher caught us, and figured we were drawing…


AfterBerner

Bernie Sanders might not be the next president of the United States. Bernie knows that he might not be the next president but he knows that many more presidents will be elected in the time that is ahead of us. That’s why Sanders is doing something that no candidate before him has done: he is campaigning for something more than just himself. The politics of America are a tight system…


Nazis in My Back Yard

With a bitter-sweet amusement I listened yesterday to the reports on the radio about a set of stolen paintings from the Netherlands that ended up in the hands of a fascist militia in Ukraine. An expert on the matter told about the volunteer battalions that are fighting in the Donbass area and their connection to the far right Svodoba party. He even went into the history of the right in…