Nico Metten

Brexit: Politics Is About Picking Winners And Losers

The outcome of the EU Referendum for the UK to exit the EU has caused an enormous outrage among the ruling class in the UK and also in other EU states. As they always do they had mobilised all their power and influence to scare people into voting for the EU membership. They have a…

The EU is the Wrong Tool to Defeat Nationalism

I am very much an individualist. As such I have always despised nationalism. I am convinced that we need to overcome this ideology if we want to live in a free world. One could think now that, since I hate nationalism, I probably should like the EU. The core political agenda of the EU has…

Orlando – Let us Talk About Islam

The massacre of gay people in Orlando this weekend is another one in a serious of similar events in different western countries in the past couple of years. They seem to increase in frequency, which is obviously not a good sign. Once again all political fractions are using this tragedy to confirm their beliefs. The…

Dismantling The Basic Income Proposal

The basic income is an idea that is being discussed in many countries and political circles at the moment. The idea is to give every citizen of a state a certain amount of money, unconditionally every month. It is in essence a proposal to organize the welfare state differently to make it work better. Understanding…

The Collateral Damage Problem in “Eye in the Sky”

‘Eye in the Sky’ is the latest Hollywood film dealing with the wars of the American Empire. This one however, is a bit different. Other than the usual military glorification that we have seen in films like “American Sniper” or “Zero Dark Thirty”, the film actually does challenge the audience to deal with the real…

Panama Papers – An Attack on Liberty

The Panama Papers are a gigantic leak of 2.6 Terabytes that is making the news all over the globe at the moment. We have not heart much about who the person behind the leak is, nor have we heart a lot of politicians condemning the theft and publication of this data. This is quite a…

Why Is Trump So Successful?

A lot of people seemed to be baffled by the success that a rude dupe like Donald Trump has on the ballot box at the moment. The establishment is fighting tooth and nails to try to stop him from winning. But no matter what they do, the more they fight him the more approval he…

Tyranny Through Transparency

In the generation of my grandparents, it was almost common sense to have an offshore bank account with some money in it that no government new about. This was not so much to avoid taxes. They grew up in the 1920s and 30s in Germany. They experienced first hand how bad politics can get. They…

Some Thoughts on Racism

It seems that calling someone a racist these days is one of the fastest ways to discredit that person’s opinions. That is why, for a lot of people, “playing the race card” is nothing but an ad hominem attack. It is the attempt to beat someone in a debate without actually having arguments. And indeed,…

Stability as a Business Model

Google is making the news in the UK for an agreement with the government to pay an additional £130 000 000 in taxes that it allegedly owes the state for past business in this country. While the government argues that this is a great deal, the opposition criticizes the arrangement as not nearly going far…