Great analysis by Stefan Molyneux on the Netherlands.
Molyneux uses statistics from the CBS (Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics). The Dutch have a great reputation for registration so the official numbers carry some weight. Then again a lot of political weight is being put into cooking the numbers and immigration statistics only cover legal immigration, so if anything these numbers are low estimates.
Many interesting takeaways, for instance that 2nd generation Turks and Moroccans are not ‘integrating’ at all but are instead more criminal and more often unemployed than their 1st generation parents. Multiculturalism has officially failed.
A few weeks ago I had a realisation and I think it is worth to share.
In Holland the mainstream right, the VVD (the Dutch Republicans you might say), call themselves ‘de liberalen’, aka the liberals. This is confusing because in the United States the liberals are left-wing. What gives?
Traditionally I have always been told that the different interpretation of Dutch liberals and American liberals is proof that words truly have different meanings everywhere and that you just can’t compare one system with the other. In other words, I was told typical leftist boilerplate.
What seems closer to the truth is that both types of liberalism descended from the French revolution. Napoleon was defeated, but the meme of rational freedom was still alive and it was the liberals who employed it to end Dutch monarchy (Thorbecke was a liberal). So you’d say the liberals were most definitely leftist but that’s not how things worked out. See, the liberals had competition from the Marxist inspired socialists. Spandrell’s GT module (or may I promote my superorganism post?) tells us that people seek status relative to others, thus Dutch liberals defined themselves in opposition to the even more leftist socialist parties. Which left liberals in the strange spot in which public opinion calls them rightist whereas in truth they were just less left.
The VVD believes in liberal values such as gender equality, the suppression of Christianity and racial equality, but at the same time they are the right-wing alternative to what they call leftist nonsense. This is why they also attract more K-selected people, who still adapt to the GT-module but instead stress individual freedom, freedom of enterprise and freedom of markets — libertarians. This is why the VVD oftentimes has such a schizophrenic policy.
The problem with libertarianism is of course that it is evil. It is right-ish men throwing their hands up saying: ‘it is not me you’re after, you must believe me, I am not worse than Hitler!’ and as a consequence allow horrific things to happen under their watch. But libertarianism has always been slightly more niche. The other, liberal side of the party is more mainstream but also more actively involved with the globalists in flooding the Netherlands with refugees (see Holland’s current VVD prime minister). So the Dutch VVD voter has 2 shades of choice: Rutte’s liberal leftism or Bolkestein’s libertarian leftism. Let us pray voters don’t fall for this nonsense any longer.
Last time we ended in 1815 with the creation of the united kingdom of the Netherlands with at its head our very first Dutch king: Willem I. Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland all united together in one strong empire! On paper it sounded so nice. In practice it lasted a measly 15 years.
The main problem was that the Belgians did not like their forced annexation. Who did this Dutch ‘king’ think he was? They dismissed him as the king with the wooden crown and grumbled under their new constitution. A nationalistic play in Brussels called Hamilton The Mute Girl of Portici was enough to get people to riot in the streets and thus began the Belgian revolution. This pissed off ambitious king Willem to no end and he threw all his money and soldiers at the southerners. To no avail. In 1840 the treasure chest was empty, Belgium seceded and King Willem I abdicated his throne in shame.
Next in line to be king was Willem I’s son, Willem II (great creativity, much wow). King Willem II was mostly scared – his father failed as a king and in Europe progressive revolutions were brewing. Initially Willem II resisted pressure to reform the constitution, but in 1948 1848 he famously changed his mind, quipping that he had turned overnight from a conservative into a libertarian. Thus the constitution was rewritten by progressive Johan Thorbecke and from that year on a democratically elected parliament held executive power. The king now answered to parliament instead of the other way around.
It is worth mentioning that the next king in line, Willem III (heh) very much hated the changes made by Thorbecke and his father. He tried to distance himself from becoming king, but accepted the position anyway and was king until the end of the 19th century. The Dutch monarchy ever since has been mostly ceremonial with lots of hand-waving and ribbon-cutting. There has been one serious attempt in 1918 to end the kingshouse when socialist Troelstra thought the communist revolution had spread to the Netherlands, but it turned out the sitting queen was too popular. Our current king is Willem-Alexander, whose image I can only describe as ‘friendly guy you’d drink a couple of beers with.’
So our attention now turns to the parliament which came to hold all the power. Parliament is split up into two ‘chambers’, the 1st and the 2nd chamber. The 1st chamber’s function is essentially to check the technicalities of the laws made in the 2nd chamber, so really the 2nd chamber is where all the action happens.
The 2nd chamber has 150 seats to divide by popular vote: if your party gets 20% of the popular vote then your party gets to occupy 30 seats in the 2nd chamber. The seats are quite literal: parliament has a big conference room in The Hague which houses 150 much coveted blue seats. Once the 150 seats are divided among the parties a ruling coalition is formed. In order for the coalition to be legit it needs at least half the seats + 1 to rule, ergo 76 seats. Since very few parties have more than 30 seats a ruling coalition will always include at least 2, often more parties. As you might imagine forming a coalition is an arduous process with nights and nights of negotiations between parties. Hence we refer to Dutch politics as the ‘poldermodel’, a model in which everyone has to reach consensus.
The ruling coalition gets to -officially- rule the 11 ministries that form the government. We have the following ministries:
1. Ministry of General Affairs
The smallest ministry, headed by the minister-president. MP is by tradition the head of the biggest party.
2. Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations
3. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of cathedral headquarters.
4. Ministry of Defence
Ministry of offence, naturally, but the Dutch military boils down to a couple of tanks, airplanes and soldiers on bikes.
5. Ministry of Economic Affairs
Ministry of Keynesian economics.
6. Ministry of Finance
7. Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
8. Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
9. Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment
10. Ministry of Security and Justice
11. Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
The ministries take care of most of the ruling and they design the bulk of the new laws. The 2nd chamber can veto these laws but as the ruling coalition is formed by a majority in the 2nd chamber they usually work in unison. Thus while ostensibly the task of the 2nd chamber is to debate political issues, really their task is to pretend they are talking to the Dutch voter 24/7 and act the part.
So we’ve covered geography and culture and slowly we shall be turning to the juicy current stuff. But first: Dutch political history 101. Part 1.
Way way back the Netherlands was mostly marshlands and forests inhabited by Germanic and Celtic tribes. Agriculture got to us around 7000 BC. The Romans got halfway our country, up to the Rhine where they set up border.
In medieval times the Netherlands was mostly a handful of cities ruling over their respective lands. Power was divided by the elite arranging helpful marriages between important houses. Beyond that no sense of unity and definitely no sense of nationalism, just a distant emperor to pay tribute to.
The story of nationalistic history starts when the Spanish king Philip II inherits these lands from his Habsburg father Emperor Karel V in 1556. These were the times of Luther, of dissent against catholics and of the Dutch statue storm. Philip was by all accounts a very devoted catholic and he was deeply disturbed by the reformation. He prosecuted non-catholics and ruled with iron hand. Unfortunately, not iron enough; Philip lacked the money and manpower to decisively rule the Dutch. the Dutch, smelling weakness, stopped paying tribute and held secret sermons. In retaliation Philip sent a warlord, duke Alva, to set things straight. Alva was a no-nonsense guy and his presence led to what in retrospect would be called the 80-year Dutch war of independence.
An important player on the Dutch side was a prince called Willem who owned territory in South France called Orange. This Willem of Orange led mercenary armies in the East. It seems that in actuality he made little contribution to the success of Dutch independence, but it just so happens that he was assassinated on the orders of Philip and was thus effectively turned into a martyr figure. His son Maurits of Orange turned out to be a capable commander and this combined with Spain’s imperial overstretch led to the creation of the independent Republic of the 7 United Netherlands.
Interesting to note is that once independent, no king. Instead we had regents, whose task was to act more like a dealmaker behind the screens than a hero in front of them. If things went well the regents received approving nods, if things went bad the regents were publicly lynched by an angry mob This kinglessness changed when Napoleon conquered the republic in 1795 and appointed his brother Lodewijk to rule over the northern provinces as a king. Lodewijk took a liking to his new job and the Dutch took a liking to Lodewijk, who was a sympathetic softy. Too soft for his brother unfortunately, who eventually angrily called him back to France.
After the final defeat of Napoleon a crafty descendent of Willem of Orange called Willem of Orange (creativity not a Dutch strong suit) convinced the English and the Prussians that a strong bufferstate to the North of France would serve as a deterrent for future French shenanigans. They agreed. Thus became King Willem I, ruling over the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, including not only the Dutch provinces but also Belgium and Luxembourg! Truly, things could only go up from here…
Last time we discussed Dutch geography and demography. This time we shall discuss Dutch culture. Once again I invite fellow Dutchies to comment along and share your opinions, it is anonymous after all!
So, how to explain Dutch culture…? Let’s start from an American perspective. When I was on the Descending the Tower podcast (DHV amirite) I remember someone remarking that Holland is a leftist hippy paradise. Yes there are quite a few SJW’s in Holland, but most Dutch people would not describe themselves in this way and indeed take offense to the idea that everyone here chills and smokes weed like a goddamn hippy, which is mainly a tourist and lower class thing. Yet it is clear as day that Holland is a leftist country – incredibly leftist in fact. Americans complain about Obamacare? Holland has had mandatory health insurance since the 60s. Gay marriage? We were the first country in the world to legalise it. You don’t like taxes? In the Netherlands if you make upwards of 5.500 euro a month (5.800 dollars) you pay over half of that amount (52% percent) to the government. Want to own a gun? Gotta prove you use it for hunting – self-defence is not a valid reason. You like God? Over 50% of the Dutch self-identify as atheists.
Spandrell said that China has been civilised for so long that the nails that stood out have long been hammered back in. There are parallels with Dutch culture. Gone are the days of the monarchy, arrived are the days of endless political factions that add law upon law upon law. It is accepted to complain about the regulations but it is not accepted to refuse their necessity. The Dutch accept the rules of the game. The idea that the game might be rigged is not acceptable and indeed is quite a shocking suggestion. We might not like our politicians but damnit we shall find a way to make this work! We are in this together after all!
This ties into the fact that Holland is shaped by its small size; in the US the difference between Kansas & Washington DC is huge, but in Holland we pretty much live in each other’s backyards. You need to keep up good impressions for your neighbours but you need to do this in a realistic way. The Dutch are amazing at pretending to get along with each other but they do it in different fashion than the Americans, whom we accuse of faking friendliness. Americans on the other hand criticise the Dutch for being so direct with one another but they do not realise that that is a prerequisite for not going crazy. Americans have space, the Dutch don’t. The funniest way this manifests is the way in which people discuss politics in Dutch media: everyone’s opinion is ostensibly taken seriously. Naturally leftist opinions are taken serious above all else and the more leftist your opinion the more often it will be broadcasted, but there in general is a strange absence of serious disagreement in Dutch culture. We all play to get along. There is no serious counterculture because we are all plugged into the same get-along-with-your-neighbour culture.
This unfortunately is also true for Geert Wilders. Whatever the alt-right makes of him, Wilders is essentially a leftist whose only dissenting act is that he is against Islam and the immigration of young Arab men. This by itself has earned him the hatred of every leftist in Holland and has ensured that his life has been in permanent danger for the past 12 years or so, which only goes to show how far left the Netherlands has drifted.
In conclusion, I like how the Dutch are smarter than the Belgians, funnier than the Germans and better-looking than the English. I however very much dislike Dutch leftism.
Following the US election craze I figured it would be fun to cover the Dutch elections which will be in a couple of months. I will write this with 2 audiences in mind: first the reactionary foreigner who has an interest in international politics yet his knowledge about Holland does not go much further than knowing that the weed in Amsterdam is pretty good. Second is my fellow Dutchman who know that weed in Amsterdam is overrated but who perhaps have not yet realised the clusterfuck that Dutch democracy is. Or perhaps they have realised exactly that it is a clusterfuck and are looking for a place to discuss. Let us dive right in.
First things first. The name. Domestically we call our country Nederland which translates to the Netherlands, but internationally the name of our richest province has stuck best – Holland. I will use this name when I refer to the country.
Now let’s take a look at geography.
Situated on the North-Western tip of continental Europe, Holland has always been an area of forests and soggy marshlands. That is until crafty Dutchmen discovered a way to drain the water using dykes and windmills and so amongst others created an entire new province (Flevoland) and turned a sea into a lake (the IJssellake, formerly known as the Southernsea).
Holland covers 34.000 flat square km and houses 17 million people of which 13 million white Dutch people and 4 million foreigners. Foreigners are a diverse mix of Turks, Moroccans, Indonesians, Asians, Africans and now Syrians. Many people on a small piece of land.
12 provinces make up Holland, represented by different colours on the map. North-Holland and South-Holland are the most relevant internationally. Here one finds the biggest cities: Rotterdam, through which the Rhine flows into the sea, the Hague, where politicians reside, and Amsterdam, cultural capital of Holland known for its weed and prostitutes.Together with Utrecht these cities and their surrounding areas make up a conglomerate or megalopolis that houses 7 million people including most of the elite. The Dutch call this area the Randstad or City’s edge.
Leaving the Randstad we find the more rural provinces; Zeeland, Noord-Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland, Overijssel, Drenthe, Groningen and Friesland. Generally speaking people below the Rhine are more social and fun to hang out with – carnaval is a big deal in Noord-Brabant and Limburg – although they are slightly less trustworthy. Dutch in the Eastern provinces near the German border are sober people: ‘just be normal then you are crazy enough’. Up North the people are more proud and especially Frysians in Friesland have a distinctive style which usually impresses me.
An easy way to think of Holland is to think of a country where every square meter has been designated a purpose. The Dutch like to keep busy and in keeping themselves busy they have built stuff wherever stuff can be built. Nature has been boxed in and designated ‘nature’, signs have been put up everywhere so no one ever gets lost and legislation is needed for every shed you want to build. We like to make sure everything is in its right place.
Links zit vast in een schijnheiligheidspiraal waarbij jonge linksmensen aan oude linksmensen bewijzen hoeveel schijnheiliger ze zijn. De oudere generatie linksmensen had geen probleem met Sinterklaas. De jongere generatie linksmensen ziet echter een kans om makkelijk statuspunten te verdienen en noemt Sinterklaas zodoende een racistische en xenofobe traditie. Zodoende de oorlog tegen Sinterklaas.
Sinds vorig jaar is er niet veel veranderd. Dezelfde haat tegen Nederlandse tradities, hetzelfde geweld en dezelfde intimidaties. Zolang Nederlanders nog geen memetische verdediging hebben ontwikkeld tegen de leugenachtige beschuldiging van ‘racist’ hebben ze geen weerwoord tegen deze haat. Ideetje: de volgende keer dat iemand zwarte piet racistisch noemt, merk dan op dat de zwarte pieten van de Sint er een stuk vrolijker uit zien dan de kindsoldaten in Sierra Leone. De blanke man tovert middels zijn wijsheid en werkverschaffing immer een grijns op het gezicht van zijn zwarte knechten die op hun beurt kinderen blij maken.
Maar links maakt de dienst uit en links is succesvol op oorlogspad tegen zwarte piet. Zodanig succesvol dat het Sinterklaasjournaal dit jaar overstapt op politiek correcte pieten.
Kinderen zijn niet dom. Toen Sinterklaas met zijn zwarte knechten op de stoomboot binnen kwam varen dachten kinderen: ‘vanavond mag ik mijn schoen zetten jaaa!’ Toen Sinterklaas met zijn politiek correcte pieten binnen kwam varen dachten kinderen: ‘wie zijn die geschminkte mensen?’ Het verhaal wordt kapot gemaakt door haatdragende volwassenen.
Een land dat zijn tradities niet kan verdedigen is een land dat geen bestaanstoekomst heeft. Of de toekomst van Nederland staat of valt bij Sinterklaas valt nog te bezien, maar vooralsnog is het duidelijk hoe de wind waait. Zwarte piet wordt geïllegaliseerd.
US election craze has once again hit the Netherlands for we are always interested in seeing how our masters of the Western world are doing. Naturally what we see appals us. Who are these presidential candidates you’ve come up with – a populist asshole and a corrupt hag!? No one likes them! Silly Americans, what are you doing! This is not how you do democracy! At least in the Netherlands we have the decency to talk thing over with each other and not resort to shit-flinging. As you no doubt infer from my tone we are a decent down-to-earth people who prefer civilised discourse and listening with open heart to all opinions. Frankly we do not stand for this pussygrab and wikileaks nonsense!
Yes, Schadenfreude is a beautiful thing. That is until the self-righteous stop shaking their fists at the Atlantic ocean and turn towards the European situation. How’s that Brexit going? How’s the Ukraine referendum? How’s the EU? How’s the UN? How’s that ISIS and immigration thing? Laughing at your neighbour’s sinking house is funny until you realise that your house is built on exactly the same swamplands.
So a couple of days ago I was walking around the outskirts of a quant town, enjoying some Dutch herbs. 3 Germans on bikes approached me – they were looking for a city in the neighborhood. I had no sense of spatial orientation and no sun to help, so I pointed them towards a couple of blue signs in the distance. Their city had to be on those signs I told them. They told me they already looked at those signs and the city was not on there. I told them it had to be, seeing as the city was sufficiently big and close to be included on the signs. As they were German they did not take my word for it and they went on to heatedly discuss the right direction amongst themselves. I wished them good luck and continued walking, eventually passing the blue signs. The city was on one of the signs.
This made me realize 2 things: 1) Germans are decidedly autistic 2) the Netherlands is the only country in the world where I knew the signs were helpful. You do not get lost in the Netherlands. Everything is orderly. If your direction is not on the big blue signs on the big streets then it’s on the small mushroom signs in rural areas. Every square meter has been assigned a purpose.
This image of order is what fuels the fantasy of altruism: there is no enemy, there is no ‘we vs them’*. Cooperation and trust among people is high – Dutch people expect everyone to get along with everyone. ‘Gezellig’ is a hard to translate Dutch word that refers to social events where people don’t really know each other but enforce a good time anyway because that’s what good people do.
It will be interesting to observe how all this pride will come to fall. The model is not sustainable. The US leads the fall with the conglomeration of cities in West Netherlands following in 2nd place and the smaller cities in East Netherlands in 3rd place. The wheels of K/r-selection are turning.
* Well there is of course there is but it is defined as ‘we’ (good people of the world) vs ‘them’ (haters like Trump, Farage and Wilders), which does not count as a real we vs them because everybody knows these people suck so really lets just ignore that.
De NOS heeft bij mij altijd wel een zekere mate van respect genoten. Neutraal nieuws brengen, niet meer en niet minder. Mijn rotsvaste vertrouwen in Nederlandse staatsjournalistiek vertoonde de eerste scheurtjes nadat concurrent Geenstijl erop wees dat NOS met beelden sjoemelt: zo werd Putin in 2014 extra asociaal neergezet en werd in 2009 een applaus voor de koningin met 8 seconden verlengd. Opvallend is natuurlijk dat we dit alleen maar weten omdat een ander media instituut dit heeft gerapporteerd. Menselijke natuur vertelt ons dat de NOS wel vaker schuldig zal zijn aan ‘aanpassingen’.
Maar no big deal toch? Ok ok, koningin goed, Putin slecht. Maar het is niet alsof ze aan de lopende band leugens verkopen. Toch? Helaas. Harvard eist gehoorzaamheid en zodoende komt de NOS niet onder haar taak als propagandamachine van de linkse staat uit. De NOS verkoopt leugens aan de lopende band. Deze worden vanzelfsprekend op volledig neutrale manier verkocht: ‘we vragen de meningen van de experts, dat is alles.’
No no no. Fuck that. This was supposed to be a piece about the NOS (Dutch state media) churning out propaganda pieces for the cathedral, but the style doesn’t feel right. From an endarkened perspective it is obvious that the NOS is cathedralizing, e.g. here, where white knights agree that we need more women in top positions. But it is difficult to communicate the obvious to the oblivious. I am trying to build bridges between enlightenment and reactionary values but it comes off as weak. I think it is because I am trying to argue on behalf of both groups. But there is an undeniable schism between the groups and when I pretend otherwise I am being fake.
Leftism is degenerate by nature. It infiltrates functioning systems and feeds off their blood. It is exactly like a parasite. Leftist values always destroy long-term prosperity for the sake of short-term profit. Biologically speaking the r-selected abuse the prosperous safety-margins built in by the K-selected. Theologically speaking leftism is just plain evil. Ergo demonic priests have hijacked Western civilization.
The SJW narrative is coming into full swing in the Netherlands. Pillarization is falling apart. This country has no serious intellectual resistance to the r-selected masses. And no serious resistance will amass for a while; the country is functioning too well. Its people are too decadent, too self-satisfied. The Netherlands is a fat pig that makes any migrant watery in the mouth.
A peaceful resolution will never be achieved with the r-selected demons, for they yearn to watch the world burn. As for the infamous moderates – these people will not be swayed by abstract logic. They can only be influenced by power, fertile girls and good art.
EDIT: Nick Krauser once again hits the nail on the head:
Wolves are still too comfortable to realise the rabbits are trying to kill them. This really is life and death struggle.