About P.a.p.-Blog

I blog about human rights – including political and economic rights such as the right to participate in government (democracy being a subset of human rights) and the right not to suffer poverty – from the perspective of politics, art, philosophy (hence p.a.p.), law, economics, statistics, psychology etc.

The statistical perspective in particular is very important. The topic of human rights is, I believe, in need of a data approach because the traditional way of dealing with it is way too anecdotal. The main advantage of such a data approach is that it can measure a general state of affairs, not limited to specific cases or events. It provides a more general understanding of the level of respect for (a) human right(s) in a particular country or region, and it uncovers trends that are not immediately detectable on the microscopic level of individual events. More about this approach here and here.

Since it’s difficult to cover the topic of human rights without discussing atrocities, cruelty and violence, there’s a content warning.

Most of the post on this blog are installments of so-called “blog series”. This allows me to split the field into various subtopics and to revisit my favorite themes on a regular basis. Maybe it will also help the reader: he or she can quickly scan the post titles and see whether or not a particular post is worthy of his or her attention. An overview of the running series is here.

Aside from the daily posts, there are also a number of static pages where I collect things which I have posted and which I believe deserve a life that’s longer than a few days on the frontpage:

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22 thoughts on “About P.a.p.-Blog

  1. Jean-Jacques Vanhaelen says:

    Dag Filip,

    Gewoon overweldigend!! Wat een combinatie van mooie, vreemde en interessante beelden, woorden en ideeën. Ik voel me oh zo klein.

  2. barry says:

    Should we ban discrimination against fat people, ugly people and stupid people. It seems there are more of them than gays.

    • Barry, first of all, the number of people who are discriminated against is of secondary importance. If just one person is discriminated against, that’s just as bad as if 10 people are discriminated against. And, secondly, if fat or stupid people are discriminated against – i.e. if they are disadvantaged just because they are fat or stupid – than we should take action to protect them. (By the way, stupidity is much more difficult to measure and much more subjective than homosexuality).

      However, the simple fact is that fat, stupid etc. people don’t suffer the same kinds of discrimination as gay people, or colored people, or people of a certain religion.

  3. Barry, first of all, the number of people who are discriminated against is of secondary importance. If just one person is discriminated against, that’s just as bad as if 10 people are discriminated against. And, secondly, if fat or stupid people are discriminated against – i.e. if they are disadvantaged just because they are fat or stupid – than we should take action to protect them. (By the way, stupidity is much more difficult to measure and much more subjective than homosexuality).
    +1

  4. Diane Summer says:

    Thank you sooo much! this has really helped me with a persuasive paper on religion in schools. i needed to include evidence that i wasn’t the only person who felt that way:)

  5. lunepolitikon says:

    Wow, congratulations on such an in depth and informative blog. As a passionate PoliSci grad I would love to blog on the subject, specifically human rights, but it seems so expansive and complex. Your blog has inspired me to keep researching for this. I will be a dedicated fan from now on! Regards, Lilly.

  6. Your Eskimo Friend says:

    Congratulations on this really terrific blog. I am reading your articles for some time now and you never cease to amaze me with your unbiased and insightful approach to a wide range of topics. All the best for the future!

  7. Rokia says:

    i would like to use some of your statics on child marriage for a class project, i was wondering if it was copyright

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