Random Musings

A blog about sustainability, society, and whatever else springs to mind

Anti-Brexiteers on the rise – but can they sustain it?

Posted on May 1st, 2017

To what extent will Brexit play a role in the upcoming general election? Whether the Brexit debate will shift votes – and in which directions – remains to be seen. In an analysis of Twitter conversations around Brexit conducted between November and April, we found that pro-Brexiteers have largely dominated the air war. Those favouring […] ...Read more »

Who won the Dutch elections?

Posted on March 18th, 2017

  Many have misinterpreted the Dutch elections as a vote for the status quo. In fact it was an overwhelming vote for change. The day before the election I was having lunch with two Dutch politicians and a political commentator. They were hoping that the outcome would allow them to form a coalition of the […] ...Read more »

Why Donald Trump Continues To Surprise Us

Posted on January 26th, 2017

We continue to be surprised. Why? Because Donald Trump is doing what he said he would do. This article first appeared on Radix and the Huffington Post We all continue to be surprised. Trump has signed several executive orders in his first week. He has given the go ahead for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access […] ...Read more »

Europe’s New Iron Curtain

Posted on December 18th, 2016

Rather than focusing on the benefits of the European project itself, the EU’s reaction to Brexit has been to ensure that Britain suffers consequences for its decision to leave. It is as though a new Iron Curtain has descended around the European Union. This article was first published by Radix, Die Achse des Guten (German), […] ...Read more »

When France Falls

Posted on November 22nd, 2016

A Marine Le Pen victory in France may be closer than it seems. The European project will surely unravel. This article was first published by Radix, the Huffington Post, Die Achse des Guten and Global Review For the last couple of years, I have been urging everyone who would listen to take seriously the fundamental […] ...Read more »

Good Morning America

Posted on November 10th, 2016

  Donald Trump is an illiberal radical. Or is he? This article was first published by Radix In September this year we published a book. We titled it “The Death Of Liberal Democracy”. Not many paid much notice. In the wake of the convincing Trump victory, maybe some now will. Trump was democratically elected. But he […] ...Read more »