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Sartre: Antisemite and Jew

10 Jan 2024

I read this book with some friends. Someone had recommended it, and we felt that it was an appropriate time to reflect on what antisemitism has meant in the past, to better understand what it means in the present.

Tags: blog english politics

Masha Gessen, antisemitism and tokenization

17 Dec 2023

Today I was accused of "tokenization" in sharing this powerful essay by Masha Gessen on Mastodon (see the reactions under this post). Because of the character limit of a Mastodon post (at least on my server), I decided to turn my response into a little blog post.

Tags: blog english politics

Please help yourself

20 Sep 2023

The current international order is like:

Tags: blog english politics

Casual UvA re-activates the strike

30 May 2023

In the spring of 2022, more than a hundred lecturers, organized under the banner of Casual UvA, laid down their marking work and joined a strike. Their demands were simple: 1) permanent contracts for structural work, 2) opportunities for professional development and 3) workload transparency.

Tags: blog english politics

No time to lose

24 Mar 2023

We often say "climate change is here. We have no time to lose." This is very true, in the sense that we have to act now. In the sense that we cannot afford to lose or waste more time. But it is also not true, in the sense that - with climate change - we have so much to lose, including, not in the least, time.

Tags: blog english climate earth

How to never get stuck again

17 Dec 2022

One reason why Mastodon, being part of the Fediverse, is great, is that whenever the next big thing pops up (let's say the Mastodon of The Future), and it stays within the Fediverse, we will all stay connected. No more "starting over" our networks from scratch.

Tags: blog fediverse english tech

The fediverse

04 Nov 2022

Originally published 19 Jan 2022.

Tags: english tech blog fediverse


26 Jul 2022

I often hear people reject arguments in discussions as "whataboutisms". The idea is that whataboutisms - "ok, you're angry about thing A, but what about thing B and thing C" - effectively undermine any kind of critique.

Tags: blog english politics

The status quo is radical

23 Oct 2021

Some people might say that an idea like degrowth is (in a disqualifying way) "radical", but it is the current system that is radical. It is undermining the very basis of everyday life. On a global scale. For (at least) centuries to come. No system or group of people has ever been so close to realizing something so utterly insane. If the path you walk leads to large-scale destruction, it's the "prudent conservatives" who are the irresponsible radical nutcrackers.

Tags: blog english

How many people work for me?

23 Aug 2021

Every day a certain amount of work is done. Food is grown. Machines are built and operated. Stuff is transported. If I would add up all the time - the seconds, minutes, hours - that other people work to provide me with the things that I consume, would I arrive at 1 FTE? 2 FTE? 5?1 In other words: BP may have tricked me into thinking about my carbon footprint [2], but what is my labour foot print??

Tags: marx economics english blog


29 Jul 2021

Conservatives often want to stop the world from changing, unless this requires them to change their own ways. In that case they prefer to deny that the world is changing.

Tags: english blog
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