A Government of Four Institutions: Major Strengths

This essay discusses the major strength of each of the four government institutions examined in the course: Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, and the Supreme Court. Without dismissing the obvious notion that each of these institutions has multiple functions, strengths and weaknesses – and each of which worthy of debate – I will here focus on one strength per institution. Continue reading A Government of Four Institutions: Major Strengths

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Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

This essay compares some of the ideas expressed by Immanuel Kant countered by those expressed by Jean-Jacques Rousseau with regard to enlightenment. More specifically, it considers whether Rousseau can be classified as an enlightenment figure according to the definition of enlightenment proposed by Kant. Continue reading Was Jean-Jacques Rousseau an Enlightenment figure?

A Government Of Laws, Not Of Men

John Adams’ description of the ideal form of government as “a government of laws, not of men” refers to a situation in which all citizens have to be regarded as equals by the government, endowed with equal opportunity, and equally held accountable for their actions, regardless of class, race, wealth and other personal characteristics. Continue reading A Government Of Laws, Not Of Men

Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

With elections coming up for the Dutch House of Representatives, it is time to reflect once more on the past four years. What can the past four years possibly tell us about the next four? Continue reading Stats & Politics: House of Representatives (2012-2017)

Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums

During the 2016 U.S. election cycle, I watched one of SNL’s Democratic Debate cold opens. It probably wasn’t the first sketch I ever saw, but it was the first one that made me want to see more. I knew SNL first as a name that sounded vaguely familiar, and later as that show my American friends referenced without context, and I never got any of the jokes. Continue reading Stats & SNL: Other Projects By Cast, Crew and Alums

Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament

In 1917, just shy of a hundred years ago, a constitutional amendment1 gave women in the Netherlands the right to run for office. A year later, Suze Groeneweg was the first woman to be elected as a House representative2Continue reading Stats & Politics: Women in Parliament

Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections

So, perhaps it is time for protest after all. Disbelief with a hint of infuriation. Major wins for local and liberal parties in the municipal elections, fantastic – but at the same time the Netherlands’ most infamous right-wing party leader crossed all lines of decency with his most racist comment yet. Continue reading Politican sparks racist chant in Dutch municipal elections