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in: blog (August, 2021)

I proudly present my new book, Hyperreality, published in the United States by Wipf&Stock.

For a pdf version of De geluksmachine in Dutch, click here.

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Politicians Hijack Macedonia

in: Inter Press Service English (April 14, 2017)

The political crisis in Macedonia is deepening. With the president and former coalition preventing the formation of a new government, the state threatens to disintegrate in a climate of corruption and nationalism.

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Big Davids, small Goliaths

in: overig - The New Internationalist (June 2016)

Huge transnational companies – many wealthier than entire countries – are using Investor-State Dispute Settlements to claim billions in lost profits from governments whose laws ‘damage’ their business. ISDSs are currently making headlines as part of the nefarious TTIP and TPP trade deals. But they have been around for longer, and there are many players making a lot of money from them.
Frank Mulder, Eva Schram and Adriana Homolova meet the winners and losers in a one-sided game.

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Oil giants punish Venezuela through Dutch treaty

in: Inter Press Service English (January 4, 2016)

Venezuela doesn't want investment treaties anymore if they give investors the right to drag the country before a commercial court. "The system has been set up to break down the nation-state."

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French firm attacks Ugandan tax using ISDS

in: Inter Press Service English (December 25, 2015)

The heavily criticized legal mechanism, known as ISDS, is an important tool for European companies to pressurize developing countries. This year Uganda joins the rank of developing nations asking themselves: "Why have we ever signed this?"

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Companies sue developing states through Western Europe

in: Inter Press Service English (December 21, 2015)

Many Europeans fear TTIP, because it could enable American companies to file claims against their states. The strange thing, however, is that Western Europe is becoming a big hub in this mechanism, called ISDS, leading to billion dollar claims against poorer countries.

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Lessons for agriculture from the movie Speed

in: - Thought for Food, Oxfam and Hivos (February 2014)

We are rapidly changing agriculture into a worldwide food machine. But is food the only goal of agriculture? It seems that the means we've chosen are undermining the original ends. That's a classical mistake, and it reminds me of the bus in the old movie Speed. I wrote this essay for Oxfam and Hivos, two development organisations.

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Money is our God

in: - De Groene Amsterdammer 42 (17 October 2013)

Capitalism is more than a model. It is a religion according to a growing number of independent thinkers. “Is it possible that theology can teach something to economists?”

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The secrets of Fortress Europe

in: Presseurop (October 4, 2012)

The EU is constantly looking to strengthen surveillance of its external borders, using increasingly expensive technologies. But are they effective? And in a democracy, who control the controller?

This article has been published in ten languages.

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'All of these people come here for philosophy?'

in: - Filosofie magazine (October 2012)

Foreign philosophers often react with surprise: why is philosophy so popular in the Netherlands? Dutch philosophers write bestsellers, the “philosophical cafes” are full, and the Month of Philosophy is flourishing. Does it have something to do with the national character of the Dutch? And does this say anything about the quest for meaning in the Netherlands?

This article is discussed on Opinionator, the opionion blog of the New York Times.

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Recensie Front Porch Republic
13 Januari 2022

Een lovende recensie over mijn boek Hyperreality op de site Front Porch Republic. Ik ben een soort Johnny Appleseed, vindt de auteur, dat is een beetje te veel eer, en ik heb ook niet zo'n mooie baard.

“As I read the book I became increasingly aware of a sort of total comprehensivity in brevity I’d not come across in such a critique since I read ...

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Overhoop in the NY Times
04 September 2021

We are in the NY Times today! Our community Overhoop is part of a story about cohousing, in the Style section. Go and see the pictures!


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