Monthly Archives: November 2013

Another one bites the dust

Joseph Paul Franklin has been executed for his crimes, including 22 murders and an attempted murder. My views on the death penalty are in my latest blog over at The Everyman.

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Eco-nuts are just as bad as reli-nuts

We’ve always been able to count on religious nuts to blame us for angering god and causing natural disasters. Environmentalists have their own god and are equally idiotic, as proven by Marianne Thieme (Dutch Party For The Animals – no, that’s not a joke) who insists the Typhoon Haiyan is “our” fault (link in Dutch).

In the shadow of god’s master plan

The danger of religion lurks in the shadow of god’s master plan, which allows people to hide from their own responsibilities to make something of their lives. There is, after all, no competing with a god who intends for you to have a difficult life, so if that is the case what more can you do? The most horrifying examples of this attitude are the sects (of Christianity, but certainly not Christianity alone) that allow no modern medicine or treatment and instead rely solely on prayer to cure the sick. Hope is irrationalized by religion, just like so many other things which are at their core very positive concepts.

Read the entire blog here

Can capitalism work for us?

Posted a new blog on The Everyman about economic disparity, the distribution of wealth and the role capitalism played in getting us in the mess which is depicted in this tell-tale Youtube video. Read the entire blog here.

For a long time, I have been a convinced supporter of capitalism, but there is no denying the situation we are in, as depicted in the video above. The strange thing is that capitalism in theory should have a perfect outcome. The beauty about capitalism (in theory) is that we shouldn’t need government to redistribute wealth more equally. After all, there is no reason to believe that governments are more fit than us as individuals to determine what is fair – let alone the question whether they are equipped to do it properly and efficiently. So, if capitalism is not working for us (and I would argue that that’s the case), but the system itself is not at fault – are we? Well, frankly: yes. Capitalism rewards those who meet demand and keep customers happy. Customers have tools to penalize or reward companies based on their opinions and experiences. If we are not happy with CEO’s or shareholders having billions of dollars, or if we are just not happy with the way they are using (or not using) their billions, we can stop using their products. But we don’t.

Perhaps the distribution of wealth is so far askew by now that it’s impossible to shift it back, but why are we not even doing what we can? Is it complacency? Defeatism? Ignorance? We, the customers have the power to destroy companies if we feel they have a counterproductive effect on society, and to build companies that we support. But the only way to do that, is through cash flow. Of course it is pimarily the responsibility of the wealthy themselves to do good with their resources, but if they fail to do so, the answer must come from somewhere else.

Dark Tranquillity

Saw Dark Tranquillity and Tristania @ Baroeg, Rotterdam yesterday. One hell of a show!

Dark Tranquillity