Random Musings

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

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 »

An illiberal tide is sweeping across Europe

Posted on December 29th, 2015

We have all become complacent that liberal democracy in Europe was firmly embedded and irreversible. Yet an illiberal tide is sweeping across the continent that mainstream parties seem unable to counter. This article was first published in Liberal Democrat Voice, the Huffington Post, Die Achse des Guten (German) and the Times of Malta The World War […] ...Read more »

Health care will always be rationed

Posted on December 14th, 2015

That health care is rationed is no news. The relevant question is on what basis the rationing is done. This article first appeared in the Huffington Post. It’s a triumph of outstanding journalism. A couple of days ago the Guardian published the results of a survey it commissioned which found that the UK National Health Service was […] ...Read more »