Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The plundering of the Netherlands will continue

In general elections many month ago, the two political parties in power lost heavily. The conservatives lost 25% and the socialist a whopping 75% of their seats in parliament. This was what the electorate thought of the now outgoing Government. That had spent all its energy on “being responsible,” which means saving the economy in times of crisis, which actually means getting more money from the citizens and as little as possible from the rich, as the latter “are needed to restore the economy.”

Most socialist voters apparently did not think that this was the responsible thing to do and “punished” them on election day. Voters who had been tricked into believing that the conservatives are actually reasonable people seem also to have woken up to reality, taking their votes elsewhere. Of course the rich never doubted the value of the biggest party and those conservative voters stayed put.

One would think that these two parties with big losses would have retracted themselves into small corners to humbly lick their wounds and accept the verdict of the Dutch voters. Well, the socialist actually did that. However, the conservatives were not really defeated. They had big interests to defend, now the economy was doing much better and battered Dutch society needed to be rebuilt. Again, they recognized the “responsible” thing to do, to form a new coalition to “serve” the country (they mean the narrow interests of the wealthy) again. But how could they sell that, given their enormous loss at the polls? Not so difficult.

Firstly, opinion polls had predicted a neck-and-neck race between the conservatives and the ultra-right. Exit polls already showed that there never had been such a thing. The conservatives secured a big lead over the extremists. No party in parliament wanted to sit in government with the ultra-right, for several reasons. It’s not a real party (Wilders is its only member), and it can’t stop electioneering and speaking in demagogic untruths, and previously negotiating with the person of Wilders had proven to be a waste of time since he gains more votes by complaining and accusing than by taking responsibility.

So, the second-largest party was excluded from the coalition. It would be “unthinkable” to also exclude the largest party, no? True, they lost 10 seats, but they’re still the largest.

Much more reasonable would have been to seek a coalition between the Center, Left and Christian parties. Some of them had won big-time. So how did the conservatives block this? By claiming that the coalition should form a majority and not consist of more than four parties “to keep it workable.” Of course, this is as arbitrary as it gets. What’s wrong with an alliance of more parties? Works fine in Israel. The conservative mantra, adopted by almost all other parties, has been: four at most. Again, the Left is kept out of government.

Now, you might think that the Netherlands is a very liberal, free, left-leaning nation. Nation, yes, but government no. The socialists in the now outgoing government might have been the closest to power that they have been in decades. But the Left is heavily divided – and the Right not, because much money is at stake, and then you stay united.

If some of these successful Left-wing parties would unite, they could easily become the largest and dictate what Dutch society should look like. Not in the years to come, it seems.

Dutch society is quite social but that is the wish of the Right too. How so? It understood that if you rob the working class and the underclass from all you can, you’ll get social unrest, and that costs money. It is actually cheaper to give the unemployed and other social weak some funds. It will keep them quiet, less defeatist, and this money they spent immediately (too poor to save), helping the economy.

Similarly, it has figured out – different from US President Trump – that it’s no use to “save jobs” by ignoring climate change goals. Actually, going for zero greenhouse gasses will boost the economy with innovations, making the Dutch come out ahead of the pack – together with Israel. Automation is also no problem. The art is to create and educate for jobs that can’t be done by machines soon.

Negotiations for a new government in the Netherlands could drag on many more days, weeks or months, but without a miracle, the Right will stay in power – again. It’s a small but rich country, with a polite blooming democracy, and with many poor people nevertheless.

I don’t know if the Left, Center and Christian parties rather dance with the Right, if they are too establishment to go for Center-Left, or if they are actually fooled and their thinking is boxed in by the conservative narrative.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (https://diethylstilbestrol.co.uk/studies/des-and-psychological-health/), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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