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Dutch Farmers will probably be the majority party in the Netherlands’ Parliament: But it Probably Won't Make Much Difference
American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2023 | Andrea Widburg

Posted on 03/18/2023 6:03:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Last year, the Dutch government announced that it would seize 30% of Dutch farms to save the climate. This year, polling shows that the newly formed Boer-Burger Beweging (BBB), the farmers’ party, will be the largest single party in Parliament. However, the nature of the parliamentary system is that they still won’t have power, as it’s likely that two leftist parties will join for a voting majority.

For a long time, I’ve said that the left is returning us to a medieval world, one in which the world is dominated by a small group of rich, all-powerful aristocrats. The remainder of the people consists of a slightly larger group of “tradespeople” (i.e., the middle class), and a huge cohort of powerless, impoverished people who live in a world of darkness and hunger.

I’ve since rethought my theory. We’re not medieval, we’re Roman. The medieval world was a Biblical world, while we have reverted to a pagan world, complete with Earth worship and an intense focus on child sexuality. Ironically, though, it’s the powerful people’s Earth worship, though, that may change Holland’s political system for the better.

Tractor protest in Holland. YouTube screen grab.

Most people don’t pay much attention to Holland, because it’s a very small country. That it was one of the most ideologically free countries in the world at the end of the Renaissance and beginning of the Enlightenment, as well as one of the wealthiest (probably thanks to its ideological liberty), doesn’t matter much when it’s just a corner of the European Union.

For that reason, nobody really noticed when the Dutch Parliament passed a law declaring that cattle farming—that is, providing nutrient-rich food for Holland and other countries—is killing Mother Gaia and must be ended.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; dutchfarmers; europe; farmers; farming; food; holland; netherlands; parliament; supply
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However, the cow patties hit the fan last summer, and for good reason:

According to calculations done by the Finance ministry, a whopping 11 200 livestock farmers will be forced to shut down by the government to reduce nitrogen emissions in order to meet European environmental rules. Another 17 600 farmers would need to reduce the amount of animals they keep to meet these climate goals.

And this is bad. Because there are about 54 000 farms in the Netherlands, meaning that around 1/5 of all farms will be forced to shut down and almost 1/3 of farms forced to scale down and reduce livestock.

Meaning that thousands and thousands of farmers will be losing their livelihoods in order to meet government climate goals.

The Dutch farmers opposed this madness heroically, with massive tractor protests, as well as protests using manure, a point only a farmer can really make.

Many of the Dutch people, being wiser than their politicians, were not angered by the protests, despite any inconvenience they caused. What upset them was the specter of pre-modern starvation. That’s probably why the BBB did very well in the last election:

As initial polling results show, Dutch farmers delivered a stunning blow to the country’s pro-EU establishment by emerging as the biggest political force in Wednesday’s regional elections.

The Boer-Burger Beweging (BBB), or Farmer-Citizen Movement, is set to become the largest party in the country’s senate, winning more seats than Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling conservative VVD party.

1 posted on 03/18/2023 6:03:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind


Holland has a parliamentary system, not a “winner take all” system. Getting lots of people into government doesn’t mean you get what you want (kind of like what happens when conservatives vote in Republicans, only to see them side with Democrats).

Parliamentary systems are all about coalitions and, in this case, the second largest voting bloc will be the Groen-Links party (that is, the greenies). The third largest party is the VVD party, the current ruling party—the same one that went along with the Gaia worship in the first place.

2 posted on 03/18/2023 6:04:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, let’s pray that the Farmers Party becomes the majority.

3 posted on 03/18/2023 6:05:33 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: SeekAndFind

The farmers are the soul of the country. Holland is the second leading export country in terms of produce. The farmers should just stop sending their product to internal markets and export it all—that will change these bastard’s minds real quick when there is nothing to eat.

4 posted on 03/18/2023 6:11:14 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: SeekAndFind

Once all the livestock and farming is cut in half, there’s really only one place left to trim down, human population.

The next phase will be that stopping harmful gases and toxins cannot be prevented at current population. A culling will be required.

5 posted on 03/18/2023 6:11:24 PM PDT by Marko413
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To: SeekAndFind

The BBB gets 20 percent of the Senate from this election 15 seats they still only have 1 seat in the key lower house no elections there for two years.

Prime Minister Rutte can get votes from his Left on climate policy easily and reach 39 out of 75 seats in the Senate on top of the 24 his coalition already has.

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To: SeekAndFind

It’s probably the case in the Netherlands that leftists live together in and near urban centers, just like in the US. Perhaps farmers and truckers reduce or eliminate serving those areas. That’s their real power. I’m sitting here thinking what do the leftists have that I want/need. Nothing is coming to mind. Perhaps they need to demonstrate that they make things people actually need.

7 posted on 03/18/2023 6:13:59 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA ("How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked. "Two ways," Mike said. "Gradually and then suddenly." )
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To: SeekAndFind

One difference is they can use their political power to organize more protests. Take it to the streets and lock everything down.

8 posted on 03/18/2023 6:19:50 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Nextrush

BBB and Build Back Better. Coincidence?

The party is compromised and the dutch fell for the ruse.

9 posted on 03/18/2023 6:56:26 PM PDT by Rural_Michigan
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To: Rural_Michigan

BBB is of course a Dutch abbreviation Dutch words.

Politics in the Netherlands is very proportional probably the most proportional in the world.

“Party for the Animals”

“50 Plus”

and the list goes on.

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