Category: Politics

I’m a writer, and as such, I have opinions. As my colleagues like to point out, I’ve also had a pretty interesting life.
Does that entitle me to write about politics? I don’t know, but that doubt hasn’t stopped me so far from writing what I think.
You should know that I am a bit of a left-leaning fellow, although I would never call myself a communist, or even a socialist. By US standards I might as well be a commi, but in the rest of the world, I’m more of a mainstream guy who doesn’t take to right-wing bullshit.

January 27, 2017 / Politics

Climate Change

Climate change is a huge threat to humanity. This is a call to US climate scientists out there. Look behind you, because history shows it’s about to get personal.

I’ve steered clear of writing about the new US president and his policies on this blog. I’m not a US citizen, so it’s not really my business. Then again, the global impact of Trump’s climate skepticism will affect me as well as any US citizen.

January 6, 2017 / Politics

Direct DemocracyIn 2016, the Netherlands was mostly in the grips of the so-called Ukraine referendum. It was the Dutch incarnation of the Brexit vote. It has triggered a whole movement of people in the Netherlands demanding ‘Direct Democracy’. What does this really mean, and is it really better than the current model?

October 21, 2016 / Politics

disruption

Robots will take our jobs! It’s the call of the Luddites of the 21st century. We are in the middle of a new wave of technology-driven change. As a science fiction writer, I’m intrigued by what is going on, and where the chips will fall.

June 24, 2016 / Politics

Brexit

The Brexit is happening: the UK is leaving the EU. Wow, we live in interesting times. Most articles I read are about the consequences of this decision. Important as that is, I’m also interested in what clash of forces led to this result, and the bigger picture surrounding it. As a writer, this fascinates me. If we take a step back, what does a Brexit really mean in the grander scheme of things?

January 15, 2016 / Politics

Writer

I got into a discussion recently with somebody who argued that you shouldn’t have to pay for creative works, because anybody can create writing, music, or any other art as a hobby. If you only write for money, you shouldn’t be doing it. Besides, if you are really good, then you should be able  to make money in other ways, such as by touring. If not, well, you should get a regular job, not try to squeeze money out of people for having fun doing your hobby.

That really pissed me off. Since I like to rant about writing online, I thought I’d post here why.