Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Netherlands: high trust society becomes low trust society

The Netherlands: a typical Western European nation

Like other Western European Nations, The Netherlands was always a high trust society. A society where citizens trusted the police, the judiciary. Their churches, the political establishment. Their instititutions. And a Chinese proverb has it that:
Trust comes on foot and leaves on a horse.
Better not waste that trust then. But that is exactly what happened in The Netherlands. As a result of a deluge of unassimilable African and Muslim immigrants trust is eroded on all sides.

The effect of immigration on trust

The Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam published research in 2007 that communities with high immigration scored the lowest not only in trusting the newcomers, but also showed a drop in kith and kin trust:
In the presence of [ethnic] diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.
The executive Branch: policemen's trust eroded

A recent poll showed that Dutch policemen (Dutch) have stopped trusting their own police leadership and the political establishment. A poll amongst 8,500 policemen showed that two thirds of police men do not trust the police leadership. 91 percent thought politicians had no inkling of what the policeman's beat looks like. A large majority of the police do not feel supported by the public.

Absolutely devastating findings about the lack of trust in the executive branch.

The judiciary: same old story

And what about the Courts? In June President of the High Court Mr. Geert Cortjens (Dutch) complained that politicians and the media have started to criticize verdicts of Penal Courts. The High Judge opinioned that politicians and media ought to show respect for judges and their verdicts. And that politicians were not even aware that the Courts are one of the three branches of government.

The criticism against judges shows the absense of trust between politicians and media and the Justice system.

The downfall of The Netherlands

In 30 years of mass immigration the Dutch elite has managed to implement a policy of mass immigration, which has severed ties amongst the native population of the Netherlands and severely damaged its institutions. Both the police and the judiciary have lost the trust of the public and have themselves become isolated.

It may well take a century for the injuries that have been inflicted to be healed IF that is even possible, provided that immigration is stopped.

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