Category: Philosophy

Less Violent Action

This past year I started participating in so-called ‘nonviolent direct action’ (NVDA), specifically against the ongoing climate catastrophe. But while I think those type of actions are good and worthwhile and we should keep mobilizing people for them, I also started to have some doubts about how nonviolent activists think and talk about their tactics. I’ve become increasingly convinced that nonviolence is actually a misnomer.


Universal Basic Income: an introduction

Source: Bill Waterson 'The Revenge of the Baby-Sat' 1991

These last few years we see the idea of a (universal) basic income mentioned. It’s not all over the news, but it’s certainly something you’ve probably heard mentioning somewhere or read in passing. Not daily, but once in a while. In a think piece somewhere probably, and probably by someone progressive. But it has been defended by lots of great thinkers, including nobelprize winning economists, civil rights leaders like M.L. King, philosophers like Bertrand Russell, and many others. It’s a fascinating idea that makes you think. Some people are revolted by it, others think it’s a panacea to all society’s problems. It’s a lot more nuanced of course, but it’s worth delving into.