Category: Politics

How democracies die

“How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt

I used to believe that the process in which a democracy turns into an autocracy was sudden, requiring the help of a military coup. Conversely, as learned in the book, democracies often die gradually. Demagogues come to power democratically and then slowly undermine the rules of democracy. But, is there a recognisable process or pattern […]

James Baldwin

“The Fire Next Time” by James Baldwin

“The Fire Next Time” is a short book written by James Baldwin in the early 60s. It depicts the United States’ race relations of the time. I found the book interesting because Baldwin writes about his experiences and opinions with a deep insight in human psychology. Instead of seeking vengeance, he advocates for a more compassionate solution […]

Local currencies

Benefits of local currencies

What I like about the French documentary “Demain” (or “Tomorrow” in English) is that it doesn’t only focus on the social/environmental problems of our century. Instead, concrete and creative examples on how to solve them are also offered. “Demain” is actually the first documentary that I have seen on this topic that has left me […]

Why the word feminism?

Why the word feminism? Why not “equalism”, “humanism” or another name with a similar connotation? – Of course, I believe in equal rights for everyone. However, to attain equality, I think that  the development of movements focusing on specific problems within the society are necessary. For example, the movement Black Lives Matter campaigns against violence […]

Free the nipple

Isn’t it weird how we perceive the human body? There’s so much censorship, shaming and stigma around it. It is as if we are disconnected from it and that we have forgotten that all our bodies have the same anatomy. We are so judgmental of each other’s bodies and our own – anything less than […]