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Democracy

Democratic fundamentalists

Why is it that questioning the democracy is often a taboo? A while ago I was attending a conference in Brussels on the economic... Read More…

Indignados...and the potential of severe violence

cinquantenaire, indignados

I went to talk to some indignados in the Jubel-park in Brussels. The mayor of the city allowed them to stay another night in the park. When I arrived they were... Read More…

Do the freedom of speech test

Statue of Liberty, Freedom of speech

One particular question I get a lot is “Can I say [this or that] to someone from another culture?”. First, I don’t believe in do’s and don’ts when dealing with other cultures and second you can say whatever you want to someone from another culture… Read More…

The Chinese man and a confrontational view on the BHV problem

Being a Belgian, I come across quite some people in different countries that ask me about the current problems with the Belgian government. This is one example of such a conversation... Read More…

A need for a revision of the separation of powers?

A fundamental principle in democratic governance is the trias politica, or the separation of powers. Many democratic states are therefore divided into three branches, a judiciary, a legislature and an executive power. Although there are differences among countries in the way that the trias politica is organized, the reason it is implemented is the same: when a single person or group has too much power, they could become dangerous to citizens… Read More…

Have we created a system that we can’t control anymore...?

Recently we are hearing in the media that our economy is out of balance. What is often meant is that the current economic structure favors a very small proportion of the rich over the rest of us. However, out of balance can have also a different interpretation... Read More…

What is the value of freedom and privacy in the digital age?

Freedom is this beautiful thing that gives us options in life. Are we protecting it or are we taking it for granted?… Read More…

Stand up for your leader and take responsibility for your future

Washington monument,Obama,Presidential Election 2012

I’m in Washington DC and I reread his speech. Many people all over the world can remember that moment when the forty-fourth president of the United States of America gave his inauguration speech, that powerful message of hope. I am one of them. I left my job early that day to...

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