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The Evolution of E-Commerce

What Came Before and What to Expect Next

Venice (1733–1734) by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto

Realizing that the e-commerce industry, as with all industries in modern economies, as a whole continuously moves towards increased efficiency, we can make predictions about how the industry will evolve next. At the same time, the move towards efficiency comes with growing industry complexity through furthering both horizontal and vertical market integration. Efficiency and complexity are tied to each other. Complexity is necessary for increasing an industry’s efficiency, but at...

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...

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-worshiping 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...

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 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...

Swedish Pride

Moral Superpower or Jealous Neighbor?

Nordic Summer (1900) by Richard Bergh | Wikipedia

The Kungsleden is an over 250 mile long hiking trail through Europe’s last wilderness. The trail beings north of the polar circle in the Swedish town of Abisko. There, the trail snakes southward across Swedish Lapland, where herds of reindeer and moose, and lynxes and bears get in each others’ way. The hike rewards the wanderer with breathtaking views, desolate mountain valleys, and wild streams of melting snow water that debouch into lakes and rivers. These are the veins...

The Reality of Race

People Really Are Just Like Dogs

The family of Laocoon entwined in coils of DNA | Wellcome Collection

Race is human construct. A ‘tree’ is human construct too, like everything else people have given a name. Even the idea of human construct is itself a construct. But such abstractions help support scientists like Bill Nye in their claim that race is anything but real. Comparing humans and dogs, Nye concludes, “There is no...