Social media detox

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.
  • When they do editorialize, they just sheepishly copy opinions from somewhere else.
  • Most ‘debates’ end in identity politics and Godwin’s law is often in effect. The level is often times ‘everyone that disagrees with me is literally Hitler’.

I often have to fight the urge to jump in, only to wait and see that the intellectual level is definitively subpar and the person that attempts to inject common sense is called a fascist, racist, xenophobe, or whatever label seems the most apt to shut down the discussion. And then I’m glad I never participated. For the people that are getting tired of all the bullshit, I can certainly recommend switching to read-only mode on social media.

Note that I didn’t disconnect from social media, I just refuse to interact. I’m still reachable on Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, Twitter DM and some other places. I refuse to shut myself off and become a hermit. I’m still there, reading what you all post, but keeping my opinion on myself. In turn, I will sometimes write blogs like these with some opinion (that some of you probably won’t like, but I couldn’t give a shit).

Anyway, not being as active has freed up time and brain space for the things I actually like to do. Things are going pretty good at that front. Most important of all, I’m actually content with everything again. Sure, I’ll see you guys posting things that will make me facepalm, but my next thought usually is: “I have better things to do than to redpill the world”, and I move on.

Dutch Elections 2017 – The aftermath

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. Now with even more people.

Don’t forget PVV is now the second largest party in the Dutch government. I think it’s a signal that the established elite should take heed. Ignore Wilders, and face the wrath of the voter in 4 years.

Formation is going to be challenging. The media tries to suggest that GL should be in the coalition with VVD, CDA and D66, but I doubt that such a thing is realistically going to happen. GL would have to compromise a LOT and break a lot of campaign promises to be acceptable for the VVD as a ruling partner. This would disappoint so many new voters (which might go for PVV or other non-establishment parties), or who will just not vote at all (which would be a shame).

The next 4 years are going to be interesting, especially given how everyone is deluding themselves.

Take care out there,

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.