“Your own reality—for yourself, not for others.” Thinking for yourself means finding yourself, finding your own reality. Here’s the other problem with Facebook and Twitter and even The New York Times....

In het tv-programma Buitenhof  wees commentator Tom-Jan Meeus op de stille big data revolutie die zich het laatste jaar heeft voltrokken in politieke campagnes, en zowel Trump als de Brexiteers zeer...

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking” – Haruki Murakami

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices – William James

American populism according to Niall Ferguson. In this recent talk he explains what is needed for ‘peak populism’ to get hold of America, as we see happening now. The context is...

Samen met Hanneke Lenkens, directeur Instituut Fondsenwerving, schreef ik dit artikel over hoe goede doelen zouden moeten reageren op de veranderende wereld. Oorspronkelijk gepubliceerd op 20 juli op De DikkeBlauwe.nl Nieuws...

What is to become of Europe, now that it is in the midst of a perfect storm of several crises: recovering from a deep recession, coping with an unprecedented number of...

Whenever I see big masses of people cheering for a cause, like now with the COP 21 treaty (beware of the lofty rhetoric!), I get suspicious. Combined with my skepticism of...

Als ik de metro uitkom op Place de la Republique valt meteen de mensenmassa op die het 19e eeuwse monument omringt. Er zijn camera’s en veel bodyguards – waarschijnlijk is er...

This week Angus Deaton won the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on development, welfare and poverty. Although he is optimistic about the world as a whole becoming a better...

A recent Foreign Affairs article draws a parallel between the Greek crisis and how Latvia recovered from its own crisis. The lesson – one that we learn over and over again...