Solutions For An Unfair World ~ About The Author & Acknowledgement & Literature

Joost Smiers is emeritus professor of political science at the Utrecht University of the Arts. With John Huige and Pieter Pekelharing he is the author of Power of the big corporations. Towards a fair international economy (Van Gennep 2016). He is preparing a publication about Zwerflawaai (Roaming noise) and other unwanted sounds.


It was in the early morning of November 9, 2016 that the inevitable occurred to me: the us had a new president, who would not be a boon to the world. But what would be the consequences? This question prompted me to try to make some sense of the dash of impressions, and not to throw the towel. An essay is the appropriate form for this.>

Thanks to Jaap Klazema, Aafke Steenhuis, Jan Joost Teunissen and Jan van der Putten, who have looked at the various drafts with a critical and supporting mind. Publisher Menno Grootveld immediately said: we’re going to do this. Thank you Menno. Geert Lovink, Jan van Boeckel, Ineke Jungschleger, Tineke van den Klinkenberg, Martin Willems, Anne van Delft and Mariska Mourik have shared their observations and analyses with me. A special thanks goes to John Huige and Pieter Pekelharing, my co-authors of Power of the big corporations. Towards a fair international economy. Owing to the years of discussions with them, I could make a flying start with writing this essay.

Even in hard times, as we now experience them, Kiki Amsberg, my girlfriend, and I keep our courage up. Together we cook the best meals in the world! Thanks Kiki. Our lives and our appetite will not be spoiled by anyone, and certainly not by the president of our (former?) Atlantic ally.

Blyth, Mark, Austerity. The History of a Dangerous Idea. Oxford (Oxford U.P.) 2013
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Eisenhower, Dwight D., Military-Complex Speech, January 17, 1961
Feinstein, Andrew, The Shadow World. Inside the Global Arms Trade. London (Hamish Hamilton) 2011
Felber, Christian, Neue Werte für die Wirtschaft. Eine Alternative zu Kommunismus und Kapitalismus. Wien (Deuticke) 2008>
De Grauwe, Paul, The limits of the market. The link between government and capital. Tielt (Lannoo) 2014
Guérot, Ulrike, Warum Europa eine Republik werd muss! One Political Utopia. Bonn (Dietz) 2016
Heijne, Bas, Discomfort. Amsterdam (Ambo / Anthos) 2016
Holslag, Jonathan, The power of paradise. How Europe can survive in the Asian age. Antwerp (The Bee Bee) 2014
Judt, Tony, Ill Fares the Land. London (Allen Lane) 2010
Kennedy, Paul, The Parliament of Man. The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations. New York (Random House) 2006
Klein, Naomi, The Shock Doctrine. The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. London (Allen Lane) 2007
McChesney, Robert W., Blowing the Roof Off. Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy. New York (Monthly Review Press) 2014
Müller, Jan-Werner, Was I Popularism? Berlin (Suhrkamp) 2016
Piketty, Thomas, Le capital au XXIe siècle, Paris (Seuil) 2013
Rodrik, Dani, The Globalization Paradox. Why Global Markets, States and Democracy Can not Coexist. Oxford (Oxford U.O.) 2011
Sapir, Jacques, La démondialisation. Paris (Seuil) 2011
Scheffer, Paul, The Freedom of the Border. Amsterdam (The Busy Bee) 2016
Skidelski, Robert and Edward, How Much Is Enough? Money and the good life, New York (The Other Press) 2012
Smiers, Joost, Pieter Pekelharing, John Huige, Power of the big corporations. Towards a fair international economy. Amsterdam (Van Gennep) 2016
Stiglitz, Joseph E., Freefall. America, Free markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy. New York (W.W. Norton & Company) 2010
Stiglitz, Joseph E., The Euro. How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. New York (W.W. Norton & Company) 2016
Varoufakis, Yanis, And The Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability. London (The Bodley Head) 2016
Wolff, Michael, Fire and Fury. Inside the Trump White House, London (Little, Brown) 2018

New York Times International Edition, The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, De Groene Amsterdammer, De Correspondent

Translation: Menno Grootveld
Publisher: Starfish Books

© 2017 Joost Smiers

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Bruce Springsteen – Chimes Of Freedom (East Berlin 1988)

July 1988. One year before the fall of the Berlin wall, between 200.000 and 300.000 east-berliners witnessed this historical concert. In his speech, they recommended him not to say the word “wall” so he changed it for “barriers”. Epic historical moment.

GERMAN: Es ist schön in Ost-Berlin zu sein. Ich möchte euch sagen ich bin nicht hier für oder gegen eine Regierung, ich bin gekommen um rock’n’roll zu spielen für Ost-Berlinern, in der Hofnung dass eines Tages alle Barrieren obgeriesen warden.

ENGLISH: It’s nice to be in East Berlin. I want to tell you that I’m not here for or against any government, I have come to play rock’n’roll for the East-Berliners, in the hope that one day all barriers will be torn down.

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Open Culture: Public Domain Day Is Finally Here!: Copyrighted Works Have Entered The Public Domain Today For The First Time In 21 Years

Earlier this year we informed readers that thousands of works of art and entertainment would soon enter the public domain—to be followed every year by thousands more. That day is nigh upon us: Public Domain Day, January 1, 2019. At the stroke of midnight, such beloved classics as Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Yes! We Have No Bananas” will become the common property of the people, to be quoted at length or in full anywhere when the copyright expires on work produced in 1923. Then, 1924 will expire in 2020, 1925 in 2021, and so on and so forth.

It means that “hundreds of thousands of books, musical compositions, paintings, poems, photographs and films” will become freely available to distribute, remix, and remake, as Glenn Fleishman writes at Smithsonian. “Any middle school can produce Theodore Pratt’s stage adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray, and any historian can publish Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis with her own extensive annotations… and any filmmaker can remake Cecil B. DeMille’s original The Ten Commandments.”

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Henry David Thoreau ~ On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience is Thoreau’s primary essay on how to interact with Government. Here the author argues that a citizen must always uphold conscience over what is prescribed by law. Never one to accept the status quo, Thoreau says that if called, we must all disobey a system that is inherently prone to corruption and that even personal endangerment may be needed in order do what is right. An inspiration to luminaries such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., this essay is one of the core American writings on government.

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Pooyan Tamimi Arab ~ Spinoza, materiële religie en de vreemdeling – Spinozadag 2018

Dr. Pooyan Tamimi Arab is universitair docent religiewetenschappen aan de Universiteit Utrecht. In zijn onderzoek richt hij zich op betwiste afbeeldingen, Islam en religieuze diversiteit in Nederland. In de recente publicatie “Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape” onderzoekt hij hoe Islamitische geluiden in Nederland de culturele normen uitdagen en in hoeverre deze gereguleerd worden door de Nederlandse grondwet en overheid.


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Being Human: Relationships And You ~ A Social Psychological Analysis – Preface & Contents

This book represents a new look at social psychology and relationships for the discerning reader and university student. The title of the book argues forcefully that the very nature of being human is defined by our relationships with others, our lovers, family, and our functional or dysfunctional interactions.

Written in easy to follow logical progression the volume covers all major topical areas of social psychology, with results of empirical research of the most recent years included. A common project between American and European social psychologists the book seeks to build a bridge between research findings in both regions of the world. In doing so the interpretations of the research takes a critical stand toward dysfunction in modern societies, and in particular the consequences of endless war and repression.

Including topics as varied as an overview of the theoretical domains of social psychology and recent research on morality, justice and the law, the book promises a stimulating introduction to contemporary views of what it means to be human.
A major emphasis of the book is the effect of culture in all major topical areas of social psychology including conceptions of the self, attraction, relationships and love, social cognition, attitude formation and behavior, influences of group membership, social influence, persuasion, hostile images, aggression and altruism, and moral behavior.

Table of contents

1. The Theoretical Domain and Methods of Social Psychology
2. Cultural and Social Dimensions of the Self
3. Attraction and Relationships: The Journey from Initial Attachments to Romantic Love
4. Social Cognition: How We Think about the Social World
5. Attitude Formation and Behavior
6. The Influences of Group Membership
7. Processes of Social Influence: Conformity, Compliance and Obedience
8. Persuasion
9. Hostile Inter-group Behavior: Prejudice, Stereotypes, and Discrimination
10. Aggression: The Common Thread of Humanity
11. Altruism and Prosocial Behavior
12. Morality: Competition, Justice and Cooperation

ISBN 978 90 5170 994 0 – NUR 770 – Rozenberg Publishers – 2008

“Therefore this reading has a rare and valuable feature, that of making a link between American and European social psychology: “Being human: Relationships and you” is an excellent example of how the two lines of thought are actually articulated…it is clearly written, using a professional yet assessable language and therefore easy to read by even the non-specialist public…always pointing to the fact that social psychology is not “just a science” but it deals with issues that constitute the substance of our existence as humans”.

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