Why not the others? (TK2017)

Might as well continue with a little series about what made me not want to choose one of the other parties here. This list will probably not entail all 28 parties running, because I either didn’t really look at their party platform, or have no past experience with them.

Well, here goes:

PVV:

I actually very briefly considered PVV (although I wouldn’t have voted for Wilders, but rather Fleur Agema). They are very supportive of personal freedoms, freedom of speech, cultural and national sovereignty and totally not politically correct (which are all pros in my opinion). I found them just a bit too polarizing. I do understand why people will vote for this party though, and unlike many people I know, I will not judge people because they did vote for these people.

VVD:

Yay, more status quo, and more dishonest politics. No. Not more four years of these jerks.

PvdA:

Same as above.

GroenLinks:

Too soft. Too regressive. Too much SJW. Too politically correct. Too green. Too expensive.

D66:

Pro-European Union, and therefore undemocratic. Even though they say they do, they really don’t like referendums.

Piratenpartij:

This was a pretty close one. I voted for these guys in the previous election in 2012. They were the ones that got me interested in the direct democracy concept, but they are still opting for the traditional format. If Geenpeil didn’t exist, I would have voted for them.

SP:

I used to vote for these guys as well. But they are vehemently anti-vaping. Because they are so against something that pretty much obliterated my tobacco dependence overnight, I just can’t vote for them. Anyone that’s against vaping, is pro-smoking, effectively.

CDA/CU/SGP/DENK/etc:

With the above I mean any party with a religious slant. I will never vote for a party with religion in it’s tenets, because I want separation of church and state. If I would vote for one of these, I would betray one of my ideals. Also, these parties are very patronizing.

Those sum up the parties I’ve looked at somewhat closely or closely. I might have offended some of you with this list. I don’t care.

 

I voted: Geenpeil

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. The system they want to implement will not inundate you with voting requests. You can pick and choose the things that interest you.

This is what tided me over. The concept of direct democracy has always had my fancy. I hope I convinced others to give geenpeil a go.

When two tribes go to war…

I’m actually proud of my country for once. The small country that refused to back down to the dictator in Turkey. Of course, the wayward Turks that live here that seem to have more sympathy towards their homeland are waving their red and white crescents about and are being a general nuisance. 

Their glorious leader is calling the Dutch fascists, but I guess that guy should look in the mirror. How many judges, journalists, teachers and other dissidents have the Dutch thrown into jail? That’s right, none. How many people did the Dutch jail for being openly critical with the ruling government? None. How are the Dutch being fascist? Hmm? 

Yeah, so the Dutch government disallowed the Turkish ministers a platform to campaign (oh, sorry, to “provide information”) for their upcoming referendum to turn Erdogan into a fully fledged authoritarian ruler (*cough* fascism *cough*). I wonder why any country should cooperate with attempts to further alienate and segregate parts of their own population. But clearly, the Dutch won’t have anything of it. Now there’s a Turkish despot (and a bunch of his cronies) throwing a temper-tantrum.

So, what about those patriotic Turks then? My personal recommendation is to void their Dutch passports, issue them a work visa, and stop their social benefits. If they want to be Turks above being Dutch, then by all means, let them be Turks.

Nope, everyone is still bonkers.

So, how goes my little hiatus from social media? Pretty good, I’d say. Lots of peace and quiet, and a lot less idiots to contend with. I of course maintain communication with my closer circles, but every time I look at my timelines, it drives home why I stepped out. Idiocy is still quite rampant. 

The sheep still act like sheep, and there are some that staunchly try to distribute red pills. I’d like to recommend to those people to step aside for a while. Why waste energy on those that don’t want to listen? Give yourself a break. Just look in once in a while to measure the level, and just observe the echo chamber in action. It’s like a regressive zoo. But by all means, don’t interact. Don’t feed the livestock. 

No doubt some of them will leave a comment because this post will appear everywhere (yay social media integration), but if they appear here on my blog, they are entering my lair with my rules. And no, I care little what they think.

I’ll stay away a bit longer. I’m getting tons of stuff done. It’s amazing.