Freedom in Blockchains

How Bitcoin’s Technology Transcends Class Interest

Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx (1515–1524) by Joachim Patinir

Will Bitcoin’s underlying technology be able to free the people from financial slavery? Or will proprietary blockchain algorithms imprison people as serfs in a high-tech feudal state? Transcending class interest, I believe decentralized ledger technology can provide a mutual benefit to both the people and its ruling classes.

Bitcoin’s Historical Promise

In the early days, decentralized internet money...

A Mental Fish Trap

What Happens When the Left Conflates Equality with Sameness

Just because media and academia lean to the left politically, it doesn’t mean the left’s worldview is right, especially when much of the left has grounded its thinking in self-delusion. For some time now, the left has been spinning a most dangerous mental ‘fish trap’ that Western societies appear unable to escape from, namely by conflating equality with sameness

There’s a serious and possibly fatal consequence attached to this, at...

Unfree Man

From Managed Child to Civilized Citizen

'Freedom from Want' (1943) door Norman Rockwell

In Scandinavia’s North live the Sami, the inhabitants of Lapland. Despite modern influences, many grew up as a child in a self-sufficient society. Early on, Sami children learn to bake their own bread, get fresh water, catch fish or milk reindeer. Sami parents treat their children as human beings that possess the ability to take care of themselves. That way, they grow up to become independent adults that don’t need anyone to tell them what to do....

What Drives People to Jihad?

A Culture That Hates Women and Children

Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, The Revolt of Cairo, c. 1810

In recent years, some Muslims living in the West have revealed themselves to be the most derailed suicide terrorists, devil-worshipping executioners and bloodthirsty headhunters. Of course I’m not talking about real Muslims, so this essay has nothing to do with Islam either.

But according to the creed of political correctness, such false Muslims apparently don’t radicalize as a consequence of the hate they brought with them from the desert, but as a result of ‘discrimination’. The fact...

To Distance or Not to Distance Oneself

Islam Prevents Muslims from Becoming Better Muslims

May we ask Muslims to distance themselves from attacks committed by Muslim terrorists? After each attack, pundits preach us we may not. Supposedly, it would stigmatize Muslims. But by that logic, Catholics shouldn’t be asked to distance themselves from Church scandals either. And Norwegians ought to stop distancing themselves from Breivik’s acts of terror. Imagine it would stigmatize them.

No, let us instead take after former Norwegian Minister of Justice, Anne Holt. After Breivik’s attack, she...

Healing White Guilt

People of European Descent Deserve to Take Pride in Their History

The Huns approaching Rome by Ulpiano Checa

After World War II, historians scrambled to try to explain what could have caused such a destructive event. What was so different about the Europeans that had steered them towards the Holocaust? In their attempts to answer such a question, historians and sociologists began pointing fingers at four pillars of European evil: nationalism, xenophobia, racism and sexism. As a result, the dominant view of European history now centers around blaming white men...

High Treason

How 15 Years of US Military Intervention in the Middle East Surrendered Europe to Islam

Destruction, painting by Thomas Cole

Recently, Russia launched another attack to “bomb the shit out of ISIS”, as Donald Trump would say. The question is, why hasn’t the Obama administration done the same? If the US wanted to take out the Islamic State, they could have done so easily. Is there perhaps truth to Trump’s claim that President Obama and then secretary of state Hillary Clinton ...

The Dutch Government, the Clinton Foundation and the Postcode Lottery

Idealism or Corruption?

World Bank Photo Collection | CC BY-NC-ND

In line with President Vladimir Putin’s vision for the future, between 2009 and 2013, Russian investors acquired a Canadian mining company. That company, later known as Uranium One, traded in the material needed for nuclear weapons and power plants. It also controlled 20% of the total US uranium production.

It was Hillary Clinton, at the time serving under President Obama as Secretary of State, and now running to be the first...

The Right to Identity

The Islamization of Europe, a Crime against Humanity?

A Sami man and child in Finnmark, Norway, circa 1900

In a shocking interview, German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schäuble admitted he believed opening his country’s borders could save Germans from “degeneration through inbreeding”. He hopes to achieve this goal by actively mixing German genes with those of Arabs and Northern Africans. Perhaps the mass rapes that took place in Cologne and other cities last new year’s eve are just what...

Erasmus's War against the Turks

A Warning from the Past

Painting by Hans Holbein

To enslave a people, one must first erase the memory it has of its own history. That’s how European colonials had succeeded in converting entire African peoples to Christianity. In doing so, the subjugated had not only lost their older pagan faith, but had in many cases even forgotten their mother tongue. Even now, for example, hundreds of millions of Africans speak French, English, Dutch, a blend or a derivative of a European language. As a result, many have lost their oral...

Mathijs Koenraadt