Diederik Boomsma is a duo-councillor in the city council of Amsterdam for the Christian Democrat Party. He occasionally contributes opinion articles to Dutch and foreign newspapers and magazines, and has written chapters about the history of conservatism, the economic crisis, populism in Europe and Natural Law. He serves on the board of the Edmund Burke Foundation (The Netherlands), a platform for conservative thought, and the Center for European Renewal, an independent, non-partisan organisation dedicated to the promoting and protecting the Western ideal of a civilised, humane, and free society.
Mr. Boomsma is currently writing a doctoral thesis (parttime) on the 20th century Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. He was previously one of the editors for the weekly opinion magazine Opinio. He obtained an MSc in Ecology and Nature Conservation from University College London, a BSc in Environmental Science from the University of Durham (England).
Should we fear democracy?
"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student