If it weren’t a true story, I would not have believed this crazy twist of history. Entertaining & original. Somewhat over the top at the end, when Spike Lee rubs his message...

Bruno Maçães calls for a far more aggressive European foreign policy. “Crises and challenges unaddressed by an active foreign policy make themselves felt later in the domestic context. That’s how so...

Prachtig boek, dat haarfijn blootlegt hoe revolutionaire fanatici levens verwoesten. Aramburu’s bijzonder stijl zorgt ervoor dat we op de huid van de families zitten terwijl ze uit elkaar worden gereten. Bewondering...

How Trump’s ideas are hurting exports

Very true, and cannot be said enough

Deep state or corrupt government? Tyler Cowen and Nassim Taleb on the trouble with education Kurt Vonnegut on how to write good short stories How D-Day was planned Fifty lessons from...

We zijn verleerd samen te leven –  de centrale stelling van dit boek. En dat komt omdat we onze liberale democratie laten versloffen. Waar tot een aantal jaar geleden velen het...

“Vice to which great powers easily succumb in a multipolar world is inattention; in a bipolar world, overreaction; in a unipolar world, overextension.” Isn’t that precisely what we have been witnessing?...

Part of  Snyder’s interesting mini YouTube lectures, I recently discovered.

De nieuwe darling-politicoloog, de ietwat alarmistische Yascha Mounk vindt van niet en maakt zich zorgen. Tom van der Meer (van het onvolprezen blog Stuk Rood Vlees) weerlegt dat onderzoek, breed uitgevent...

I love Nassim Taleb’s books: they’re thought-provoking, intelligent and pretty original. His themes are important ones: how do complex systems behave, why is being anti-fragile better than being robust? His writing...

Surprisingly enough, Europe is lagging all American states economically

A practical introduction to the new economy – in which platforms as Uber and Amazon are the new standard. Also a great guide when trying to build a platform… Parker, Van...

Reminiscent of La Vita e Bella, which permitted us to laugh about the horrors of the Holocaust, The Death of Stalin serves up the darkest pages of the Soviet-Union as a...

Bruno Maçães, a former Portuguese Europe minister, argues that the Old Continent needs to respond to the New Silk Road as planned by China, called the Belt and Road initiative. This...

On the eve of Trump launching a missile attack on Syria, I watched “The Final Year” – a Netflix documentary on the efforts of Obama’s diplomatic team (Samantha Power, Ben Rhodes,...

The world would be a safer place if Trump were a reader. At the top of his reading list sound advisers would put “Destined for War”, the latest book from Harvard...

Yascha Mounk interviewed by David Frum in the Atlantic, on populism, the trouble with illiberal democracies and America’s role. An excerpt: “The first is that we need to fight for an inclusive...

Two of the greatest minds alive (and authors of some of my favourite books) discuss anti-fragility, globalisation, the economy, fuck-you money, moral hazard, Prometheus, probability and washing machines. Somewhat awkward, never...

Waarom stemmen zoveel Amerikanen tegen hun eigen belang? Hoewel deze vraag al vaak onderzocht is, is ze nu na de verkiezing van Trump en kiezersmanipulatie via social media weer relevant. De...

Een film van Steven Spielberg. Met Meryl Streep. En ook nog met Tom Hanks, een man die bij mij altijd, ongeacht zijn rol, irritatie opwerkt. Daar mag je niet teveel van...

Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration. Read the full Pew Research report: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/29/europes-growing-muslim-population/

February 2018 Al Khazna

Democracy on its own does not consistently lower inequality, Walter Scheidel argues in the Atlantic, only catastrophe will. As “inequality has been written into the DNA of civilization ever since humans...

De, vaak prachtige, boeken over de Vietnamoorlog die ik heb gelezen vertellen allemaal het verhaal vanuit Amerikaans perspectief. De Sympathisant draait dit om en stelt niet de Amerikaan, maar de Vietnamees...

Heerlijke rol van Gary Oldman, die een overtuigende kettingrokende, puffende en mompelende Churchill neerzet, in een fijne film over hoe hij de macht overnam van de zwakke Chamberlain en zijn volk...

Edward Luce is een van de meest erudite columnisten van de Financial Times, zijn stukken zijn doorgaans scherp en inhoudelijk. Goede columnisten hebben een mening, dat is bij Luce niet anders....

Paul Collier and Alexander Betts try to answer a hugely important question: How to provide rescue, autonomy and a route out of limbo for millions of refugees, sustainably and at scale? Currently...

Saltwater economics vs. freshwater economics: the battle is on. New Keynesian macroeconomists (saltwater) fail to acknowledge radical uncertainty in their models, and still can’t to explain why banks underprice risk worldwide. But...