Travel

Experiencing Singapore (4): The Third-World Core of a First-World Country

The heading of this part is obviously polemical. Yet, even though I think it is a bit of an exaggeration to say that Singapore is a third-world country masquerading as a first-world one, there is some truth to that statement. It is indeed not an uncommon sentiment. First of all, if you stick to the… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (4): The Third-World Core of a First-World Country

Travel

Experiencing Singapore (3): Singaporean Democracy

Now we are venturing towards an area my girlfriend may heavily disagree with me. I think that contemporary Western democracy is a horrible kind of government as the idea that everybody’s vote should count the same and that everybody can vote is just braindead. It may work if your population consists of nothing but selfless… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (3): Singaporean Democracy

Travel

Experiencing Singapore (2): Preconceived Notions vs Reality

I don’t think Singapore is very much on the radar of the average Western guy. However, there are some preconceived notions flying around, which I’ve heard over and over. The first is that Singapore is a highly developed country that doubles as a tax haven (and playground) for the rich. I think this statement is… Continue reading Experiencing Singapore (2): Preconceived Notions vs Reality

Reviews

Review: Paying for the Party – How College Maintains Inequality by Armstrong and Hamilton

A few weeks ago I watched the documentary “The Ivory Tower”, which paints a rather bleak picture of US higher education. It also offers some excellent unintentional humor, for instance, when the president of Arizona State University, one of the premier party schools in the world, claims that they laugh about their image. Instead, he… Continue reading Review: Paying for the Party – How College Maintains Inequality by Armstrong and Hamilton

Reviews

Review: 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Introduction I finally got around to reading Jordan Peterson’s second book, 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos. I tried reading his Maps of Meaning last year, and was turned off by his incessant waffling an inability to get to the point. The same is principally true for 12 Rules of Life. However,… Continue reading Review: 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Society

Death Wish (1974) and Death Wish (2018) as timely critical social commentary

A few weeks ago I came across a review of Death Wish (2018). Its author was highly displeased with the “toxic masculinity” on display and the message it sends. In short, Bruce Willis plays a doctor who had his wife killed by lowlives, and his daughter ends up in a coma. Afterwards, he goes on… Continue reading Death Wish (1974) and Death Wish (2018) as timely critical social commentary

Administrative

“Meditation Without Bullshit” now available on Kindle!

After some delay, my most recent book “Meditation Without Bullshit” is now available for Amazon Kindle as well as the various e-readers and software programs that support Kindle ebooks. Right now, the Kindle version is listed separately from the paperback version, but this should get fixed automatically within the next few days. So, either search… Continue reading “Meditation Without Bullshit” now available on Kindle!

Reviews

Review: Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey

Aaron Clarey is one of the more entertaining characters out there. I originally learned about him through the financial news website Zero Hedge. He was one of the fringe economists who predicted that the housing bubble would burst. Interestingly, his stance was informed both by analyzing economic fundamentals as well as dealing with underwriting as… Continue reading Review: Enjoy the Decline by Aaron Clarey