The American dream is a myth about unlimited possibilities, about equal opportunities, about going from rags to richess. About a successful society based on working hard, taking risks, being entrepreneurial. A society in which a predominant philosophy of equality and a smooth social mobility are a great help.
Unfortunately I’m afraid there is an [...]
Nuclear power might be the solution to our dependence on oil. Therefore , for instance General De Gaulle, the French president in the sixties, launched a program of building nuclear power plants. There are over fifty now in the country. And the rest of the ( rich) world followed suit.
Then came Harrisburg (’79). And [...]
Professor Abram de Swaan is a man of my generation and the one Dutch sociologist to admire ( which I do). So it’s no wonder when I with due humble respect agree with him. Like when he wrote this weekend an article in the newspaper NRC called “Het bancaire regime steunt op chantage” (The [...]
The Indonesian stock-market is doing fine. The Rupiah is gaining strength. Some young investor the other day even advised me to put some of my eggs in the Jakarta based basket. A good advice. However the horrifying truth is I’m desperately short of eggs.
And now there is even more good economical news for [...]
We are going through a heatwave. It’s too darn hot to move and think. And on top of that I’m too much longing for Esha and Kris to focus on anything else. Moreover I suffer from too much excitement about tonight’s match in South Africa to keep my cool. So why shouldn’t I hire two [...]