A brief introduction: on my views concerning politics and religion

In contact with readers, I find that I have to explain myself rather often. So, for future reference: a short summary. It may not be my most elegant prose but it serves its purpose.

As I become more serious with writing and hope to further build my ‘brand’, it pays to concisely lay out my views for future reference.

For one, I am an atheist, which does not mean that I condemn or consider myself superior to religious people. I simply find that religion is a necessity of the past, when explanations of the world were not as abundant as they are now, furthermore, religion used to be an extremely powerful tool in the centralization of government as well as the subsequent suppression of its people. Although it’s wonderful that some manage to see only the good things in religion, I fail to see why anyone would be a good person solely with the help of a supernatural being or a set of non-referenced ancient scripture.

I thus reject religion on the premises that it has no scientific base and that, in the twenty-first century, it brings on balance more bad than it does good. With bad I mean totalitarian Islamic states in the Middle-East (theocracies), terrorism, the Israel-Palestine conflict, I could go on. Besides these conflicts, what most bothers me is that a lack of progressiveness when it comes to equal rights for people of different gender, sexuality and race can be largely blamed on religious dogmas.

As for a further evaluation of my political views: I already noted that I am a social liberal or a centrist in that I stand on the center-right fiscally and the left socially. Economically, I believe that a free market is essential to the prosperity of any country. This does not mean that I support the type of control that financial institutions such as Wall Street have. These large financial institutions simply buy their way into the White House, furthermore, they seem to have forgotten Adam Smith’s idea that capitalism only works if the chiefs in some noticeable way give back to the masses that they employ. Socially, I don’t support religious values and the ancient dogmas they find their roots in, therefore, I see absolutely no reason to preemptively condemn someone because of their qualities or appearance. This does not mean that everyone should be tarred with the same brush – that would make diversity simply more of the same. I simply belief that everyone deserves equal rights from the get-go and has every right to embrace their own ethnicity and accompanying culture.

Due to its Manichean nature, I spare myself a partisan preference in US politics, as with the one-axis left-right spectrum, the two-party system as currently prevails in the States simply makes for a polarized and hyper-partisan political landscape where people’s opinions aren’t valued for their content but merely their fit within the party manifesto.

Nevertheless, I don’t support Donald Trump; both for his political ideology as well as his haughty, thin-skinned and unpredictable nature that I find especially terrifying on a global scale. Despite the alt-right’s embrace of atheism, I absolutely despise its values.

There you have it, feel free to comment and rebut.

Short update: Eat Pray Vote

Another short blog update. As of a few days ago, I have joined the Eat Pray Vote team and I will start contributing there on a non-regular and non-committal basis. One might fear that someone loses his voice when mandated to comply with the editorial policy of a bigger website, as such, I’ll keep this blog. I will thus post excerpts here as well as stand-alone articles that I might not deem fit for EPV or simply because I want to.

A short update concerning the blog

As some may have noticed – a little enthusiastic here as stats don’t show a large number of regular visitors – I haven’t been posting much as of late. As I do not wish to disregard this website, my aim is to once again start writing bigger articles on a more or less weekly basis. Besides, as I do not see this covered on other political blogs and sites, I’d like to work on a series of some kind. Namely a weekly update on Dutch politics; short, concise and inevitably opinionated.

Furthermore, the plan is to start using this website more for shorter commentary. These undefined comments – occupying the rather vast void somewhere in between a facebook-post and a proper op-ed – will mostly concern with reactions on other articles, notes and interesting references that might interest some of you. These short comments can be found on the blog page only, links to the bigger- and probably more formal articles can be found on the home page as to allow for efficient reading.

The goal is to grow a larger audience and with that engage with my readers more, hope to see you all follow this blog!