Society

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…


Regulating the Market and Responsible Dog Ownership

The Netherlands announced a new law coming in effect next year regarding mandatory schooling for the owners of ‘dangerous’ dog breeds. Dutch Secretary Martijn van Dam, of Economic Affairs, has given the green light for a required course for dog owners. This relates to the owners of an established list of varieties that are characterized as a risk. The immediate cause is an increase in the number of bite incidents,…


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…


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…


Satire and Generation Exit

Satire is a fine and sophisticated craft of wit, perception and bravado. It’s about understanding the world around you and the skill of zooming in and reflecting on elements that resonate with your audience. It is, to put it less wordy and more metaphorically, more like a marksman carefully picking his targets rather than blasting a blunderbuss into a crowd of men. Satire is not the same as parody even…


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…


I Want To Know

“I used to be very scared of death, I’m sure you are too.” It was with this sweeping generalisation that the young lady at the train station tried to convert me to her religion. I live in the Bible belt of my country, and occasionally people in the street, at the station or at the entrance of public buildings will try to tell you that Jesus is my Lord and…


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…