Essydo is an independent magazine that focuses on political and broader societal analysis from a technocratic point of view. Generally, contemporary discourse is reduced to two broad paradigms (liberal and conservative), which are used to process and reproduce information. In the light of the increasing complexity of our world, the limited use of our cognitive assessment tools seems to be a counter-intuitive trend. Essydo’s analyses and commentaries are neither left-wing nor right-wing, neither authoritarian nor libertarian; the aim is to provide functional insights into the topic at hand. Accordingly, there is a heavy emphasis on detecting utility maximisation and understanding why different actors or groups have conflicting views or pursue different courses of action. Essydo’s articles go beyond opinions and binary positioning. Rather the mission is to equip the reader with better tools for assessing the complex phenomena of our world.
We make contact with various news sources on a daily basis and all media channels filter the information they provide us with, including Essydo. However, we believe that subjectivity is not a bad thing per se; it is the unconsciousness (of reader and publisher alike) around subjectivity that paves the way for ignorance and conflict. Accordingly, we are keen to reflect on why actors think and act in certain ways, including ourselves; we call it ‘Neutral Subjectivity’. We advise our readers to engage with our articles actively by asking: ‘Why do the actors (in the article) behave in the way they do? Why did Essydo assess their behaviour in the way it did? Why do I feel about the content of this article the way I do?’
With this guide at hand, we hope to provide you with a great and insightful reading experience!
The Political Cube – Enhanced Political Thinking
Undoubtedly, symbolism is one of the biggest weaknesses of human beings. The need to label complex thoughts is a natural drive to enhance the efficiency of thinking by compressing related meanings into one word. While conceptualisation is rather useful, symbolism is a form of simplification that, over time, reduces our capacity to process more complex…
Politics Through Language
Among the very few beautiful sides of us humans, language may be the shiniest one. Words, regardless of spoken or written, are of so immeasurable importance to us as conscious creatures that they are our most important reproductive tool – without them, we would just grow in numbers. Language is colourful. It can warm our…
Recently, the Islamic Republic of Iran has experienced an intense period of unrest and uprising. This wave of unrest has amounted to nationwide protests that were further fuelled by the violent opposition of the government. Initially, starting in mid-2021, the protests were directed at the worsening economic situation that included water shortages and inflationary pressures…
Toxic Politics: Left vs. Right
Two hundred years ago, nobody would have had a clue what could hide behind the title of this article. Today, everybody has a very specific idea about what is meant by it. What is common terminology today, is actually a very recent development. Without going into much detail about how we came to view the…
For a Strong Israel
Recently, Benjamin Netanyahu was inaugurated as Prime Minister of Israel for the sixth time. This election victory comes just 1,5 years after being removed as Prime Minister in June 2021. Currently, Netanyahu is serving his 16th year in this position (1996 – 1999; 2009 – 2021; 2022 – present). In general, this development did not…
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