Constantijn van Aartsen

Constantijn van Aartsen is a PhD Candidate in Private Law.

We do not need excellent students

We do not need excellent students

In my youth, I obediently followed the rules and repeated what I was taught. I was a pet to authority, and would reject that cage if I was given another chance. Education put me in classrooms, made me ask permission before speaking, and made me co...

Coronavirus is just the beginning

Coronavirus is just the beginning

The European Central Bank (ECB) is printing money like crazy in response to the coronavirus. It is creating up to €750 billion to purchase government bonds (to prevent indebted Eurozone states from going bankrupt) and up to €3 trillion to i...

UM’s sustainability policy is inadequate

UM’s sustainability policy is inadequate

Half the CO2that humans ever emitted were spat out since 1990. And emissions are still increasing. An overwhelming array of floods, wildfires, heatwaves, starvation, water shortages and conflict will threaten our survival.  The 2018 IPCC Report...

Bring back the European Amazon

Bring back the European Amazon

Did you know that Europe was once covered in rainforests? Towering trees, a thousand years old, wide as an elephant and over 70m tall, dotted the landscape. They were connected, able to share information and nutrients with their large and small neigh...

Superhero movies are evil

Superhero movies are evil

Don’t get me wrong, I love watching superhero movies. Their morality is wonderfully uncomplicated. Good vanquishes evil. Protagonists act selflessly to save kittens or the universe. They always do the right thing, even if it comes at a high per...