(1) Holland is a small country. There are 17 million inhabitants and perhaps there are 1000 economists who discuss economic policy and who see each other at conferences. I seem to have met most of them at one moment though people age and there arrive new talents. Today, there seems to be a good reason to mention one of these contacts.
Marko met Malgorzata from Poland, they married already many years ago, and Malgorzata now runs www.polonia.nl where she also discusses the PVV website on Eastern Europeans – see my note on the Dutch Taliban.
Her text shows that the climate in Holland against foreigners is worse than I thought.
There is also this report by ING bank that the economic crisis will cause more divorces. I hope that Marko and Malgorzata can stay together. They will be amazed to read these lines about them in this weblog.
(2) The Dutch Social Economic Council (SER) consists of Employer Unions, Employee Unions, and independent scientific advisors. The director of the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) is one of those advisors. As explained in this weblog, the directorate of the CPB censors science, and thus the SER has been producing wrong advises for 20 years now, and the last years under Marko’s directorship.
The SER has not looked at my economic analysis yet. Perhaps Marko should look into it. He was however only a friend of a friend back then, so I don’t think it proper to just call him and direct him to my book. It might also be a bit of a predicament that I would suggest that the SER takes a stand against the censorship by the directorate of the CPB, one of their advisors.
Marko was already at SER twenty years ago. I am having this predicament for these decades since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Dutch society could have resolved unemployment 20 years ago and the transformation of Eastern Europe could have been much easier. I hope Malgorzata forgives Marko for not noticing my analysis sooner. He and his SER have been helping to create the problems that she has been confronted with. Perhaps it was an error on my part not trying hard enough 20 years ago, but there was no reason to single out SER compared to other institutes in Dutch society.
(3) Geert Wilders, who promotes that website on Eastern Europeans, is married since 1992 with Krisztina Marfai from Hungary. I tend to think that Wilders’s objection on Eastern Europeans indeed isn’t racial but is targetted at crime and nuisances like drinking too much. But his followers appear to be less subtle, and Wilders himself in some of his texts has lost the distinction between muslims and terrorists.
Wilders was hired by Frits Bolkestein for the VVD because he fitted the hardline view on immigration and seemed to know about social security. Translated, VVD stands for “People’s party for Freedom and Democracy”, but it actually is rather conservative and not quite liberty-minded with respect to other views. When Wilders started his political career, he was first an assistant for the political party VVD and then a member of parliament for it. VVD is the party of current premier Mark Rutte. Wilders’s portfolio concerned social economic issues. In terms of my analysis, Wilders didn’t do so well.
The director of CPB who censored my work in 1990-1991, was Gerrit Zalm, who in 1994 became minister of Finance for the VVD and later its political leader. The VVD partly line was that Turkey should become member of the EU, Wilders disagreed, and Zalm forced Wilders out of the VVD, so that he started the PVV. Zalm is currently CEO of ABN-AMRO.
In my perception, Zalm and Wilders are not that tolerant of other views. Thus Zalm ousted me from CPB and Wilders from VVD but that doesn’t create common ground. For example, Wilders’s Freedom Party has not yet protested against the censorship by the CPB directorate against freedom of scientific thought.
(4) I don’t think we can draw many conclusions from this. Just that the world is complex. The world is fractal. The complexity at the level of the world can also be found in separate nations, in cities, in families.