It’s been a while since I penned something, but I was pondering something that I would like to run by you. Disclaimer, I am basically left winged. You might not think it judging from my posts, but I actually am. I’m a classic liberalist and egalitarian when it comes to democracy, free speech and how the state should take care of the people. I’m of the school of thought of de Toqueville and his contemporaries.

That’s what I’ve seen it called. And it’s quite apt. And true too. May signed the Brexit letter and now the negotiations start with two possible outcomes: Either the UK finishes negotiations with the EU, or they crash out of it. Either way, the UK will be out of the EU. It can’t be blocked, or reverted (no matter how much the remoaners cry about it). Now, I’ve seen the news reports, and the mainstream media is quite busy scaremongering about it, especially towards expatriates that live and work in the UK.

Just to clarify, I’ll explain what my policial and social viewpoints are. I often disagree with liberal leftists, who then promptly assume I’m on the right-hand side of the political spectrum, while I’m actually pretty far removed from that, other than that I agree with a few things that the conservatives like to put forward. Just because I think modern day feminism and social justice is dangerous and harmful, doesn’t mean I’m automatically part of the alt-right.

So, I’ve been withholding direct interaction on social media for a while now, and I have to admit that I sometimes miss posting random thoughts into that churning mess. But other than that, I’ve been lurking in every now and then and several things come to mind when reading what people post and share. Most things that people post are inane and of little importance. Most times it’s not even their own material.

The Dutch elections of 2017 came and went, and we’re stuck with 4 more years of a VVD coalition. While Groenlinks won big (relatively seen), and all the pro-euro trash is patting themselves for stopping the “wrong kind” of populism (what an abject terminology), they are dismissing that PVV and also DENK won seats in parliament. The media likes to gloss over this and ignore it, but they shouldn’t. As Wilders influenced the campaign, while he’s in the opposition, he can still steer the discussion.

For the longest time I was torn between the Dutch pirate party, and the direct democracy initiative of Geenpeil. I was really conflicted. But I went for Geenpeil anyway. The reasons: It’s a social hack. As someone with a hacker mindset, this appeals to me. It’s an idea that needs it’s tires kicked, so actually getting to use it is a pretty good road test. Yes, there are security concerns, but the risk is acceptable since the concept can now be battle tested (if they do win some seats) I can change my alignment at will.

You’re all a bunch of idiots. It’s their choice to make. Conversely, to all the people that get flak for their choices; more power to you. Screw the naysayers. Don’t let them influence you into making a different choice.  Because then you will exactly get what you never wanted. It’s how we got into this utter mess in the first place.

Please watch this video: When the Milo slander piece appeared, I was surprised to see that everyone lapped it up, without actually checking for context, where it came from, and where it originated from. The above video gives ample context and sources. I was surprised that many of my friends of which I hold many in high esteem stooped so low as to just echo this, without asking questions.

Emiel Kollof

Passionate geek with musical tendencies

Hacker, Tinkererer, Philosopher

Netherlands