How to defeat populists: more populism

The unimaginable has happened. The world’s most powerful nation will soon be lead by an erratic, politically inexperienced clown. The question that is on everybody’s mind is what this clown will actually do as president. One can only guess. Many of us think other Western countries will follow America’s example in voting populists into power. After Brexit and Trump, anything is possible. It seems nothing is able to stop┬áthe rise of the populists. If we really want to defeat populists, we have to fight them with their own weapon: populism.

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What happened to noblesse oblige?

If you look around at universities, you are supposed to see the future elite. Even in the Netherlands, where there are currently over 250.000 enrolled bachelor- and master students, the image of students belonging to a┬árelatively wealthy and talented class in society still prevails. Do I see myself as part of the elite? I don’t know. And to be honest, given the fact that the concept of ‘elite’ has become something of a swear word during the past few years, I’m not sure whether I want to consider myself elitist.

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Introducing VirtualVolition

Welcome to my newly created personal blog VirtualVolition. I’ve been thinking for quite a while about launching a blog where I could share my many (sometimes too many) thoughts on issues that interest me. Most of these issues are related to economics, philosophy, politics and entrepreneurship, but include more down-to-earth topics as well. Normally I do not think highly of new year’s resolutions, but I had to actually pick a moment to make this idea happen. I already go to the gym and I don’t smoke, so what else is left to start the new year fresh? Right, a blog. Thus, for the occasion I chose 2016.

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