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Introduction: What is the ARGO blog?

Dear PPEople,

Finally, after a long organization period, we are online.

We are the PPE Editorial Committee and we are proud to unveil the first edition of


namely, the new PPE Opinion Blog.

Argo is the blog where you can find articles and opinion pieces about all those aspects of the four PPE subjects you are passionate about (and maybe you don’t really feel like writing an academic paper about). It was born to give to the PPE community a space where opinions could be shared, in a “journalistic” style.

In fact, the interaction between opinion writers and/or other members of the community is a strong function of Argo. Every person from PPE can react to every article in different ways, like in a proper opinion exchange.

The blog is run by a group of students who call themselves “Editorial Committee”, who do the editing job and cures the quality of the blog’s contents, occasionally writing for it.

They are presenting themselves in the following section.


My name is Pepijn van IJperenburg. I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a second-year PPE student and the chair of the EditorialCo. This year, our goal is to establish a consistent output of articles online that will prove to be sustainable for the following years and promote the committee effectively such that everyone becomes aware of the opportunities. I hope this committee will stimulate the PPE-community to express their ideas more and gain more insights about new ideas. In my free time, I like to play hockey at Rijnvliet HC and I practice the guitar.

My name is Jesse Magin, I am 18 years old and I am a first-year student. As a member of the EditorialCo I hope to create a space for interesting and insightful discussions that extend and complement what we do in the seminars and lectures. Apart from studying PPE I spend most of my time playing handball next to reading and watching American football.

My name is Roemer van Wijk. I’m an 18-year-old first-year student of PPE and a member of the Editorial Committee. I hope my contributions to this committee will inspire thought in fellow students and provide them with insights that lead them to reconsider their perspectives on certain topics. Politically, I identify as an anarcho-capitalist. I like to read, debate, and work out in my free time.

I am Mario Parolari, Secretary and Treasurer of the Editorial Committee of PPE. I immediately jumped on the idea of founding this blog, which in my mind will be an open space for members of the PPE community to contribute to its members’ “thinking outside the box”, exchanging ideas and opinions, -almost- without borders.
When not studying, writing or following the news you will find me listening to rock music, reading Latin American novels, running or getting crazy about soccer.

Hey, I’m Marie Pöhlmann and I’m currently in my second year in PPE in the Welfare State Track. I became a member of the Editorial Committee because I hope to help create a space where PPE students can engage in a more focussed way of combining ideas. Discussions in the seminars seem to just be scratching at the surface of the underlying visions we have for today and the future. In my spare time, I like to read whatever I can get my hands on, dance, daydream and cook.

And now, we would like to introduce you to another essential contributor to this blog:


As previously said, we are almost always looking for opinion pieces of 500-1500 words that are PPE-related. The articles can deal with political issues, the news, individual disciplines of PPE or the community itself. In the long run, we would like the blog to be auto-sustainable with the single contribution of everyone. We are also organizing a permanent “Writers Team”, made of people willing of composing pieces more constantly in time. If you think you could be an asset for our team, or even if you don’t think so, but you still want to be part of this initiative, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Because that is, in essence, the job of the Editorial Committee. Not providing you with our opinions, but with an interactive, mind-building, fun and indelible way to share yours.

Enjoy the reading (and, hopefully, the writing)!

The Editorial Committee