Random Musings

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

Establishment has no answers to Trump’s world

Posted on May 22nd, 2016

The Establishment bemoans the rise of Donald Trump and others like him. But they have no answers to the citizens’ concerns that have propelled Trump’s success. Mainstream parties are a sunset industry that is unable to imagine a world that is different to the one that is dying around them – let alone come up […] ...Read more »

Universities should stop stealing tuition monies for research

Posted on April 28th, 2016

This letter was published in the Financial Times in response to this article   ...Read more »

Morality, hypocrisy, or just envy? The Panama Papers

Posted on April 13th, 2016

If there is fault, it lies not with corporations or individuals but with successive governments and their failures to reform the tax codes. This article was first published in the Huffington Post Let’s conduct a thought experiment. Imagine the government (of whichever country) introduced a tax break, or a tax loophole if you like, that […] ...Read more »

Sustainable Finance for the Real Economy

Posted on March 15th, 2016

  Creating a financial system that allows us to build a sustainable real economy can only be achieved through entrepreneurial experimentation. This article first appeared in Het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch) and the Huffington Post¬†(English). In December I attended a session at the Dutch National Bank (DNB) focused on creating a financial system that was able […] ...Read more »

Liberal policy for refugees?

Posted on February 10th, 2016

A liberal policy on refugees needs to be comprehensive and confront potentially conflicting ideological values. This article was first published in Liberal Democrat Voice¬† They say that there is no war that is more difficult and emotionally draining than a civil war. So it is with ideas. When liberals and progressives fight conservatives, the battles […] ...Read more »

The British Referendum Will Define Europe

Posted on January 14th, 2016

How Europe handles the British negotiation and, subsequently, the outcome of the UK In-Out referendum will define the future shape and direction of the EU and will determine the success or relative failure of the European project. Versions of this article were published in the Huffington Post (English), Die Achse des Guten (German), Het Financieele […] ...Read more »