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The Dutch Monarchy: The Enemy of The Dutch People?

King Willem-Alexander and his mother Princess Beatrix waving at the people who pay for their palaces

Somewhere along the line the Dutch went from total football to total monarchy. 
King Willem-Alexander is one of the richest men in the world today. His wealth is estimated to be over $16 billion but it is probably much more than that. And the Dutch monarchy pays no taxes. 

The way politics works in the Netherlands is as follows:

The politicians tax the Dutch working class and re-distribute the money to the Dutch monarchy. The monarchy then buys stocks in Dutch multinational companies and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs promotes these companies with international trade deals in which King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima participate.  They often fly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs team together.  There couldn't be a bigger conflict-of-interest -- because the Dutch government is not negotiating on behalf of the Dutch people, but on behalf of one family: the Dutch monarchy.    

Then when the politicians leave public office a good job awaits them, possibly as a CEO or as a board-member of one these Dutch multinational companies. Or the king can appoint them to other government positions, such as Commissioner of the King positions. 

Some of these companies are Royal Dutch Shell, Unilever, KLM, Heineken, Philips, AkzoNobel, but there are many more. The Dutch monarchy receives an annual allowance of 359 million euros, but this does not include many other expenditures and benefits. 

The annual budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is 13 billion euros. Both of these expenses are paid for by the Dutch taxpayer but the benefits are all for the monarchy. 

Prime Minister Rutte working hard for the investments of the Dutch monarchy

The notion that the Dutch monarchy is a politically passive institution with limited constitutional powers is perhaps the biggest and longest lasting cultural myths in the Netherlands. Or should I say Kingdom of the Netherlands?

If you have never heard these words spoken before, it is because the Dutch monarchy has been very successful in controlling the Dutch media. Rarely in the Netherlands will you find a news article critical of the monarchy or questioning its enormous wealth and political influence. Nor will you find a news article challenging the morality of a monarchy: the idea that some people are superior by birth because they have superior genes or DNA, i.e., they are pure Aryan race, etc.  

All members (and their family members) of the Dutch parliament ("Tweede Kamer") receive invitations and gifts from the Dutch monarchy the moment they are sworn in. Therefore, you will rarely find a Dutch politician challenge the existence, justification or expenditure of the monarchy. There is a tacit quid-pro-quo.  

Even during difficult economic times with the corona virus, the 17 year-old Princes Amalia, for example, will receive a 1.6 million euro tax-free "salary." No politician will challenge this absurdity in public, even while they lecture the Dutch people about "equality." 

The Dutch monarchy (koningshuis) is the elephant in the room of Dutch politics.  You can also say it is "the swamp" or "the deep state" of Dutch politics.    

For example, Mark Rutte was elected on a conservative platform but he tossed the will of the people overboard by adopting the King's left-wing, globalist agenda. As a result, Rutte eliminated taxes on Dutch multinational companies (#dividendbelasting), signed the Marrakech pact and the climate change treaty.

The Netherlands is a country of the monarchy, by the monarchy and for the monarchy. 

When a picture is worth a 1000 words #koningshuis 

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