All Lives Matter

When I first heard about the Black Lives Matter movement, after the death of George Floyd, I thought it was a very positive movement. I even shared a post about it on my Facebook account. Now I have both left Facebook and changed my mind about the BLM movement.

After reading more news about the BLM movement, it became clear that the values on which this movement are based are not humanistic. This is not about ending racism, but about promoting a militant activism for black people, as a separate group. And for me, all lives matter.

There are persistent rumors that the BLM is nothing but another tool to disrupt society, and meant to serve as another way to facilitate the great reset. And sponsored for that reason by George Soros, as was suggested in the Fall of the Cabal. 

This was also suggested in an article in the Herland Report: 
“It looks like it pays off for Black Lives Matter to serve the interests of the ultra-rich, which seems to be to divide the American population into sub-groups according to race and color of skin–an archaic racist attitude also practiced among the NAZIS–and make everyone hate each other.”

Until it is clearer for me where BLM stands, I will stick to the “All Lives Matter” slogan. And it is a danger sign that there are BLM supporters who are offended by this. How could you be offended by such a general humanistic statement, unless you have a hidden agenda?

Perhaps the most revealing statement comes from someone who has actually been part of the BLM and left. What he has to say boils down to the simple fact that BLM doesn’t care about black people. Check out his statement below and decide if you (still) want to support BLM.

“A Black Lives Matter chapter founder in Minnesota has resigned, claiming that the organization isn’t concerned about helping black communities or helping improve the education quality in Minneapolis, according to a video published last week.”

A Republic or a Democracy?

I was brought up with the idea that democracy is the highest form of government, the most just and the most honest. I literally didn’t doubt that this was true for the first thirty years of my life, fully convinced that every other form of government was inferior to democracy.

Then one day I stumbled upon a quote that really made me think about this ideal of democracy. “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb, voting on what to have for lunch.”(Most-often attributed to Benjamin Franklin)  In this situation, things don’t look good for the lamb.

This is of course a situation we recognize in democratic countries all around the world. Minorities have little to say about what is happening in politics, and are often marginalized, ignored, or discriminated against. Democracy only works really well for the majority.

If a democratic system is not the solution, then what is? I am leaning more and more towards the system of the republic. The main reason for this is that when you set up a republic, as they did this in the USA, there is far more focus on individual sovereignty.

Yes, all kinds of decisions are made by the elected officials, but they always have to be in harmony with the constitution, which cannot be violated. This limits the power of the government, which is exactly the reason the constitution was written in the first place.

Discussing the pro’s and cons of democracies versus republics immediately gets us to the core of the matter. Are the people there to serve the government, or is the government there to serve the people? If serving the people is the goal, then the power should be given to the people.

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In the Netherlands we have seen many strange things happening in recent years. Backroom deals to join the European Union. The government lying about the presence of nuclear arms on Dutch soil. Massive spying on the Dutch citizens by the Dutch intelligence agencies. And so on.

The Netherlands is a democracy, with a government which is hardly restricted in its actions, as for example recent changes in the laws related to the evening curfew show us. Would all the things that I mentioned also have happened in a republic where people really have some power?

I believe it is time to evaluate what we should do after the big clean-up, which will have to follow the end of the great reset. I think the Netherlands should not be a democracy and monarchy anymore, but become a republic. And maybe all other countries should become republics too.

The Power of Consumers

For a while now I have been active at the social media platform Gab, after I was censored at Facebook for what I wrote, and even got my complete account suspended at Mastodon. At Gab, free speech is still valued.

Any platform which values free speech, whether that be Telegram, Parler, or Gab, will come under attack by those who fear free speech, or who have an agenda which could be jeopardized by free speech. This has also recently happened to Gab, which got blacklisted by Visa.

This the reaction from Gab to this incident:
“Gab has been blacklisted by Visa for “promoting hate speech. Gab does no such thing. This is like saying Google “promotes hate speech” because you can search racial slurs on their search engine and get results. Gab is a neutral technology platform. We follow the law, have an excellent relationship with law enforcement, and have a clear set of community guidelines that detail what is allowed on our website and what is not.” Read more. 

When I read that, I decided that I no longer wanted to have a Visa card. I will not support companies who attack free speech, no matter what stories they weave around this policy. I will use my money to support companies who value and support freedom and human rights.

I quickly found an alternative to Visa, a small German company which offers the same service, and does not even charge a yearly fee on its credit card: N26.  “Join N26 to get a free bank account and a Mastercard debit card to use all over the world.”

That was a pleasant bonus, the advantage of switching to a credit card without a yearly fee. But of course this is not the key thing. The principal thing is that I have power as a consumer. Without customers, companies collapse and default, they can no longer exist without you and me.

I encourage you therefore to use your money wisely. You vote not only when there is an election, every time you buy something you vote with your money. Vote for those who respect human rights, who support your freedom and dignity.

I have for example stopped buying things from Amazon and AliExpress for this reason, because I became aware that when I shop there, I only support the takeover of the world by Big Corp. Companies which fight unions, pay minimum wages and avoid taxes at all costs should not be supported.

This minor episode with Gab and Visa has reminded me of my consumer power, and I will write more posts on this soon. Those companies which are involved in the promotion of the great reset should be abandoned by anyone who values freedom and human rights.

I encourage you to make a little inventory. What does your money support? Freedom and human rights? Or technocracy and rich shareholders? Choose wisely how you want to use your power as a consumer. Buy locally, buy ethically, and shop wisely. Thank you!

The PinePhone

At the time of writing, the free speech app “Parler” has just been removed from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. These two very powerful players decide when smartphone apps are allowed or not on the market, based on their own standards.

In this situation Apple has almost absolute power about which apps are on your iPhone, unless you decide to jailbreak your iPhone, which will allow you to install apps which are not from the Apple App Store. This has consequences for your support and warranty, and therefore many people don’t want to get involved with jail-breaking their iPhones.

For Android devices, the situation is not that strict. You can still, if you want to, install apps on Android devices, when these apps are not available in the Google Play Store. But most people won’t do this, as they are afraid of what will happen on their smartphones, when they ignore safety warnings.

In this limiting scenario, with two big major players who are both fighting for a monopoly position, it is really refreshing that a third option now is possible. Enter “The PinePhone”!

“The purpose of the PinePhone isn’t only to deliver a functioning Linux phone to end-users, but also to actively create a market for such a device, as well as to support existing and well established Linux-on-Phone projects. All major Linux Phone-oriented projects, as well as other FOSS OS’, are represented on the PinePhone and developers work together on our platform to bring support this community driven device.”  Visit website

On the computer market, for decades we have been offered an alternative to Windows or macOS: free Linux distributions. I have experimented with Linux and must say that it is a very interesting alternative to the two commercial options which most people choose.

Now Linux is more and more used on the smartphone market, and I welcome this development. When my current smartphone needs to be replaced, for whatever the reason, I will switch to a Linux smartphone, because I believe they restore the power to the people.

The main advantage of switching to Linux smartphones is that this will break the monopolies of Big Tech on this market. It will restore the “free market principle” to this niche, and allow for both free and paid apps to be developed, benefiting common people instead of mainly benefiting shareholders.

So please join me in this experiment of trying Linux smartphones. And if you are involved in the developments on this market, or if you are in any way involved in the development of Open Source Software, thank you! Thank you for making this world a better place.