Author: Romy Lotte Spaan
Is an ‘idiot-proof’-world making us behave like idiots?
A recent article I read by psychologist Thijs Launspach got me thinking: if the world is designed to help us and cater to our needs whenever we want, will our ability to think for ourselves eventually diminish? Put in other words: will an ‘idiot-proof’ world turn us into idiots?Read More
Guantánamo Bay: “Hunt down and punish those (not) responsible”
Although former US-President Obama promised to close the prison during his campaign in 2009, Cuba-based Guantánamo Bay is still operational to this day, more than twenty years later. The prisonRead More
What is ‘The Great Reset’ and what are its dangers?
Posters on ‘the Great Reset’ have sprung up all over the country, with the significant words ‘you will own nothing and you will be happy’. What exactly is meant by this phrase, where does it come from and what are its potential implications for our democracy?Read More
The Olympics: A game where eventually everyone loses
Countries spend billions of euros to host the Olympic Games, for the sake of promoting their country and culture to the world, attracting tourists and for the overarching goal of uniting people through sports. However, the negative externalities of hosting the Games are oftentimes forgotten.Read More
Fireworks from Pyongyang: a Potential New Arms Race
While most of us have not seen fireworks since the beginning of this year, North Korea has decided to keep firing away. Just this month alone, the country under the lead of President Kim Jong-Un, has fired six rockets for practice, the last one landing in the Japanese Sea, just east of the Korean Peninsula.Read More
Commercial Superpowers as Members of the United Nations
Given their economic and political power, should global corporations such as Facebook and Amazon be joined as members of the United Nations?Read More
Gabby Petito – How a missing person’s case leads to a bigger discussion on racial discrimination
The first online article of this year talks about the disappearance of Gabby Petito. Her tragic case received a lot of media attention and efforts by law enforcement, but also sparked discussions on racial discrimination: why were similar disappearances of people of colour not taken as serious as the case of Gabby Petito?Read More