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A Rule-Based World Order – The End of the Delusion

Posted on August 7th, 2016

  The global elite cannot believe that their perfectly managed new world order is slowly but surely falling apart and they are powerless to prevent it. This article was first published by Radix, the Huffington Post and Het Financieele Dagblad (Dutch) We had all bought into the idea of a post-war world order. Countries would co-operate to devise […] ...Read more »

How Governments and the Media Help Terrorism Be More Effective

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

By grandstanding and keeping terrorism constantly in the news, governments and the media become and integral part of the terrorist’s armamentarium. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post Terrorism works through creating fear and the impression of ever present danger. By creating spectacles of destruction, terrorists provide the media with opportunities to fill pages […] ...Read more »

Brexit is a test of the extent of political deafness

Posted on June 24th, 2016

Is the Brexit earthquake loud enough for the deaf political establishment to hear it? Or will business as usual lead to a disintegration of the Union? This article was first published in the Huffington Post When I first moved to the Netherlands three years ago quite a few things turned out just as I expected […] ...Read more »

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 »

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