⇒ ...but I don't want to be a cynical asshole ⇒ ...but I don't want to be a naive idiot ⇒
How a slew of privileges earned me a Basic Income
I don't think it's because I am white. My online clients don't always see my profile photos and my first name, Kamiel, doesn't radiate whiteness unequivocally, while my inofficial surname, Choi (최) is unambiguously Korean. Though the name might play a role, I am sure there are other factors. I was once given two academic ...
The obsession with equality, forged in the boredom of the post-war world order, has spawned concepts like ableism, genderism, and so on. By claiming to be fully inclusive, they make the denial of those differences not protected by the neologisms all the more cruel. Manufacturing an -ism for each difference, alluring as it is because ...
culotte – Khulood
When I learned that a Saudi Arabian model by the name of Khulood had been arrested because she walked around butt-naked in a mini-skirt in the old town of Ushaiger, my mind filled with self-righteous anger, that forces itself out in this puff of half-informed vitriol. I don't need to know all the details. I want ...
Trump threw me in prison!
Dear kamiel79, We have intercepted a lot of communications coming from your accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Google that have lead us to believe you hold certain extremist views. We don't like your views. They're terrible views. So, we're gonna punish you. We hereby convict you of believing the wrong truth and condemn you henceforth ...
The authentic liar
Charisma 2.0 is the ability to lie all the time and look more authentic because of it. #happyinaugurationday
Blowing up two towers to justify spending billions on military contractors is easier than blowing up two bridges to justify spending billions on infrastructure contractors.
Social media - Jackalls and hypes?
Since it has become part of my daily life I would like to describe once again my thoughts about coping with bullshit labor. Bullshit jobs, to me, are characterized by a complete lack of meaning. No matter how hard you try, you can't discern a core of value in a bullshit job, and this is ...
In defence of the basic income
There are some very good arguments for the basic income, eloquently summed up in numerous articles such as this piece in the Guardian. Personally, I feel good about the idea of a basic income. After a decade of open-source writing, I wouldn't want to change my habit. Whatever is really meaningful, we share diligently, enthusiastically ...
Authoritarian upbringing: If you misbehave, you don't get any food. Modern parenting: If you misbehave, your food won't taste good.
p2p housing experiment
We are a Dutch-Korean family; our daughter was born in 2013. We work as independent writers and we get by. We are not dependent on any specific location for our work, so when we choose where we want to live we ask ourselves “do we fit in?” or “do people like us here because of ...
Civilization is the ability to believe in a justification for our cruelty.
It doesn't matter much if we have hope now. Will we have hope when a majority of people are literally dying to improve our lot?
Trump vs. Sanders
war, must, attack, wall, close, me, us, same, leave, stop, grow, lol, run, hate, block, drill, bill, pipe, line, free, trade, love, hate transparency, scrutiny, oxymoron, prescient, rationality, tenacity, volubility, voluptuous, xenophilia, magnanimous, neologism, unfeigned, grandiloquent, probability, serendipity, Galilei, edifice, credibility, beatification, metonymy, arduous, heterological
to defend a value that can resist those who promote it
Robert Creeley (1926-2005)
This poem by Robert Creeley perfectly fits Bernie Sander's campaign. “I want, if older, / still to know / why, human, men / and women are / so torn, so lost / why hopes cannot / find a better world / than this.”
The most important function of the economic operating system is not to get capital together, but to get heads together
Sanders – Trump
They had mounted a television set on the wall of the restaurant - there was no avoiding it. In the international news bulletin, there was Bernie Sanders calling for nothing less than a political revolution. He was more explicit about the "powers to be overthrown" than young Obama eight years ago: The one percent, corporate ...
the nonsense of infinite growth just distracts from the fact that we will all wither and die
I admit it: I’m a fan of Yanis Varoufakis
I have watched many Youtube videos with the former Greek minister of finance, including television interviews, academic debates and a radio appearance in Australia commenting on the Greek elections as a young economics PhD. The man talks brilliantly. Because he speaks with an Oxbridge accent and adorns his well-formed sentences with tangible metaphors, he brings a ...