Populism Triumphs in The Netherlands: Thierry Baudet’s Acceptance Speech

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By Thierry Baudet | 22 March 2019

COUNTER-CURRENTSForum for Democracy (FvD) is a Dutch populist party that entered politics in 2017, gaining two seats in our Parliament. In the Senatorial elections this week, they won 13 out of 75 seats, becoming the biggest party in the Senate and the first party to jump from having no Senate seats to becoming the largest, ever. Altogether they received roughly fifteen percent of the vote, far surpassing Geert Wilders’ established populist party, the Party for Freedom, which got seven percent. Upon their victory, Thierry Baudet, the party’s leader, gave a remarkable speech that, combined with his electoral victory, caused the media to erupt in flames, calling his party fascistic and racist. I have translated the speech below. — Éordred

The owl of Minerva spreads its wings at the fall of the evening.[1] And not only this evening, dear friends, dear campaign members, dear party members, dear comrades. Only now, in these late hours of the day, are the first results coming in, and now we know where we stand and what happened today.

The owl of Minerva only now spreads its wings, because it is often only at the last moment that we realize what we have and what we should have cherished, when it is almost too late.

So we stand here tonight, at the eleventh hour, quite literally. We stand among the rubble of what was once the greatest and most beautiful civilization the world has ever known, a civilization that reached to the far corners of the Earth, filled with self-confidence. This civilization produced the most beautiful architecture, the greatest music, and the best art that has ever existed under the stars. Our nation is part of that great civilization.

But like all the other Boreal nations,[2] we are being destroyed by the very people who have been appointed to protect us. We are being undermined by our own universities, our journalists, by those who receive cultural subsidies to produce our art, and even by those who design our buildings. And above all, we are being undermined by our rulers. This is a clique – a small clique of self-important professional bureaucrats, people who have never read a book in their lives and have no clue how to deal with long term-issues – that rules us. Unfortunately, they control our country’s decision-making process, and through a curious mix of cynicism, lack of ability, and self-interest, they manage to make the wrong decision every time. Not for much longer!

Economic incompetent Mark Rutte[3] raised taxes in the depth of the crisis, hurting people’s purchasing power and making the indexation of pensions impossible, which now, today, has left two and a half million Dutchmen in poverty. They live under the poverty line, unemployed or nearly so. Then, the three subsequent administrations led by Rutte left the borders wide open, breaking every immigration record. With all the integration and immigration problems we already have, we again let in hundreds of thousands of people from totally different cultures. The cabinet even voted down our proposal to begin aiding those Syrians who can return, to go back. Then they signed the ruinous Marrakech migration compact, with all the damage that will do in the coming years. […]

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