Post by maxinquaye on Mar 15, 2017 18:41:27 GMT -5
It's all over except for the clean-up. Media in the US and the UK has played up Geert Wilders of the Netherlands for months as the next alt-right mad macho-man with the seriously weird hair (not orange this time), but it all came to nought. The ruling politically liberal (european liberal, mind, which is not the same as US liberal) won. As did the left-wing Green party. The Dutch Labour party followed the trajectory of other social democratic parties in Europe and bombed completely, going from 38 seats to 9. Wilders then? He gained 4 seats, but stayed on about the same percentages as he usually gets. No boom-time for him.
Post by maxinquaye on Mar 15, 2017 21:44:48 GMT -5
I am allowing myself a night of gleeful cheer as I taunt disappointed far-right-wingers about their loss. They had such hopes. In a month I'll get to gloat about Emmanuel Macron beating their French Vichyite darling too. After 2016, I feel I'm owed some schadenfreude.
So (classical?) liberals and greens ascended, and both nationalists and social democrats descended?
Sounds like a win-win to me.
Or are European liberals still operating in classical mode? I'm still not all that well-versed on European political parties.
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Post by maxinquaye on Mar 16, 2017 18:55:42 GMT -5
Geert Wilders is not a nationalist. He's a strange fusion of rabid xenophobia and classical liberalism. He's not for borders, despite wanting to get out of the EU. He's for getting out of the EU because he hates mooslems, and those German Turks might do touristy things in the Netherlands.
Liberalism in Europe is not Classical liberalism - it's evolved classical liberalism. It's John Locke and Adam Smith with a side-order of interventionism.