The question of why I chose to do a Masters in Politics, and on top of that why I chose to do a Masters abroad comes up a fair amount.
It’s a huge problem on the left, but also just with politics in general, that we think optimism is the sign of stupidity.
Watching your country’s election from abroad is an interesting experience.
One of the weirdest set of descriptions one finds when arriving in the Netherlands is allochtoon and autochtoon.
Perhaps the key flaw in a lot of liberal thinking is the idea that concepts we find repulsive will remain fringe if we allow the ideologies to talk themselves out of existence.
2016 was quite the year – it seemed everything was shifting and that the best bet was always on the most undesirable outcome (at least for some). These past few months I’ve wanted to write about Trump, far right revivals, Castro, Austria, South Korea, the ongoing farce of Brexit, but the idea of adding to…
The issue is that when people assume others voted for the same anti-foreigner reasons they do, they become more confident in voicing xenophobic and racist opinions no matter how unsavoury or violent.
A lot of people believe it is better to have a chance in power than to remain in opposition and therefore these tactics may be undesirable but ultimately worth it.
Who I am has always been a tricky question for me.
It appears that whilst I have been wringing my hands with existentialist and practical fears on a personal level, the world in general has grown more dangerous.