As a political theorist I am contributing to the research programme of socialist republicanism. My main intellectual ambition is to develop a sense of how capitalist society works—politically, economically, ideologically, and socially—and to identify ways in which society could potentially move beyond capitalism.

About me

Biographical note

Born in 1993, in the city of Utrecht in the centre of the Netherlands, I grew up to become a socialist during my coming of age. I could not acquiesce in the notion that liberal capitalism represented the final consummation of human social development. Being sceptical by disposition, the available options on the socialist menu were similarly unable to satiate my appetite for alternative solutions. I consider it necessary to approach established conventions critically (including those found on the left-wing of the political spectrum) and am therefore naturally inclined toward unorthodoxy. As a result of my own exploration of alternatives, my research interests and findings converged on the subject of “socialist republicanism”, which to my mind provides a reasonable resolution to the current impasse.

In 2007, aged fourteen, I joined ‘ROOD’, the youth wing of the Socialist Party of the Netherlands, but left a few years on. After a number of detours, I re-joined the ranks of the Socialist Party in 2016. In 2021, several members broke away over disagreements related to the strategic and political orientation of the party and regrouped to form a minor unity project, ‘De Socialisten’, which I subsequently joined.

I have attended various institutions of higher learning, acquiring a certificate and diplomas from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the University of Amsterdam. In 2020, I graduated with honours from the University of Amsterdam in the field of political science, specialising in political theory.

As of 2019, I am residing in the town of Nieuwegein, with my partner, Jona Duran.

About my researcH SCOPE

Research statement

It is my core belief that society should move beyond liberal capitalism to fully realise the creative and social potential dormant in humankind. Unfortunately, it is not a given that this is a viable option. These basic suppositions underpin my commitments in the area of research. My research interests derive directly from questions that arose during my political activity, which I had begun with the aim of helping in the promotion of social justice. By extension, I aspire to supply research and circulate theory that might assist social movements in obtaining a more symmetrical distribution of resources. I also refer to my statement of purpose and beliefs.

As a political theorist I am contributing to the research programme of socialist republicanism. My main intellectual ambition is to develop a sense of how capitalist society works—politically, economically, ideologically, and socially—and to identify ways in which society could potentially move beyond capitalism. My research interests are therefore quite broad, triangulated somewhere between political economy, political theory, and political sociology.

In respect to political theory, my main focus lies with developing a systematic body of normative political thought that unifies civic republicanism and socialism. In terms of political and historical sociology, I am particularly interested in the social construction of class domination and hegemony both historically and currently, and therefore more broadly in how the field of power structures agency and conversely, how agency shapes the distribution of power in society. Lastly, in relation to political economy, I am interested in the interrelationship of macroeconomic and political developments, especially as they relate to the asymmetrical distribution of relative power among social classes. I am further interested in the institutional and political economies of socialism.

My ancillary research interests extend to the subjects of the microeconomics and macroeconomics of capitalism, development psychology and moral psychology, and theories on the nature and origins of fascism.

About my present and future research

Research statement

‘The Constitution of Socialism’. (Completed project). This is a book project which attempts to rehabilitate socialism by integrating republican features. By means of constitutional, institutional, and mechanism design, I test whether an attractive, ambitious, coherent, and feasible institutional outline is possible. A third draft has been submitted for publication, after the second draft of the manuscript had been reviewed and recommended for publication after minor revisions.

‘What Yugoslav socialism can teach us about democratic planning’. (Ongoing project). This research papers investigates what lessons might be obtained for theories of socialist economic planning, by comparing the socialist experiment of Yugoslavia, specifically during the phase of the ‘contractual economy’, to contemporary theoretical models of democratic planning.

‘Praxis: An Essay on Social Reproduction & Counter-Hegemony’. (Ongoing project). This monograph would outline a strategic orientation for counter-hegemony, based on a conceptualisation of the terrain of power that draws from an eclectic mix of neo-Gramscianism, post-Keynesianism, and Marxism to grasp the dynamics of the reproduction of capitalism. This brings together the theories of the ‘social structure of accumulation’ and ‘comprehensive conceptions of control’. Where previously, neo-Gramscian authors have focused on the role of elite agency in the construction of class domination and hegemony, this study would focus on how different subaltern fractions might coalesce around a common pole to advance their own agenda. Rejecting the orthodox world-view that the class position occupied by agents pre-determines their social interests, this monograph would outline a strategy to achieve sociopolitical parity based on the strategic negotiation and ideological articulation of interests from below.

‘General Principles of Socialist Republicanism: A Theory of Self-Government, the Common Good, and Social Welfare’. (Future project). This work develops a systematic body of thought by formulating a set of fundamental principles and theoretical suppositions in order to outline a theoretical framework that supplies the normative arguments in favour of he institutional framework outlined previously in ‘The Constitution of Socialism’. This should offer a distinct ideological orientation for democratic socialism. It would advance the socialist branch of the neorepublican research programme.