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Michael van der Galien
Works at Dagelijkse Standaard
Lives in Izmir Turkey and Mantgum, the Netherlands
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Conservative libertarian blogger, editor and journalist.
Blogger, columnist, new media entrepreneur. Oh, also: a soccer, cycling, baseball and kickboxing fan. Trying to make a difference.


11 facts about me:

1) My strength is I'm obsessive. This means I can work hard - very hard. The downside? I'm obsessive.

2) I believe in working hard and playing hard, but never seem to get around to part II.

3) Born and raised in the Netherlands, I'm happily living in Izmir, or as I prefer to call it: heaven on earth.

4) I absolutely love the political game. And yes, it is a game. Years ago, I actually got worked up about it, but nowadays, I see every move, every decision, every plan as a strategic move. Looking at politics that way has only increased my love for it (and for my job).

5) Dogs are awesome. I miss mine tremendously.

6) I'm a family man, but don't need my family around me all the time. It's a contradiction in terms, but there you have it: an independent family guy.

7) I carry a book around me everywhere I go.

8) Another one of my companions is my notebook: I write down ideas when I have them, afraid to forget them when I have 'time' for them.

9) I hate it when people say they "can't" do something. What do you mean, you "can't?" You're limiting yourself! Get off your butt and start taking massive action.

10) I'm in love with my iPad. 

11) Married to the love of my life I always feel I don't spend enough time with her. This creates a perpetual feeling of guilt.
Bragging rights
Dubbed "that smart, young Dutch blogger" by the New York Times. Also: I never give up.
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Izmir Turkey and Mantgum, the Netherlands
Izmir, Turkey - Izmir, Turkey - Mantgum, Netherlands - Groningen, Netherlands
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Classically liberal blogger, columnist, (new media) entrepreneur. Editor-in-Chief at Dagelijkse Standaard, Contributor PJ Media, Alles In Perspectief, and more.
  • Dagelijkse Standaard
    Editor-in-Chief (hoofdredacteur), 2014 - present
  • Editor-in-Chief Dagelijkse Standaard (Daily Standard). Contributor to PJ Media, Alles In Perspectief and more.
    2009 - present
  • PJ Media / PJ Tatler
    Contributor, 2012 - present
  • Right Across The Atlantic
    Editor-in-Chief, Founder, 2010 - present
  • Liberty Media (NL)
    Owner, 2011 - present
  • Dagelijkse Standaard
    Managing Editor (Adjunct Hoofdredacteur), 2011 - 2014
  • Infronteers
    CEO / Founder, 2011 - 2012
  • Big Hollywood
    Contributor, 2009 - 2012
  • Media Tapper
    Founder, 2011 - 2012
  • Media Tapper
    CEO and Editor-in-Chief, 2011 - 2012
  • Dagelijkse Standaard
    Editor, 2009 - 2011
  • David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog
    Assistant Managing Editor, 2009 - 2011
  • The Moderate Voice
    Assistant Editor, 2006 - 2007
  • Pajamas Media
    Dutch Correspondent, 2007 - 2008
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"Look, if America is Gotham City, then Hillary is the mob and Trump is the Joker," the video's Lincoln declares. "The mob is always there, it's corrupt, but at least you know what you're getting. The Joker just got here, he's creating total chaos, and you don't know what he'll do next but you know it's going to be hell."
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"Is it possible that the third-party candidates will actually end up hurting Hillary rather than Trump? Trump has a clear base of support; his fanbois aren't going anywhere. Hillary, on the other hand, is terribly unliked, even among her own party's base, who believe her to be a crony capitalist and Republican in disguise. If that's what Democrats think of her, it's not hard to imagine that she's even less liked among independents."
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This is the man who should have been the Republican nominee. But don't worry, #TedCruz will be back!
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But don't worry: Ted Cruz will be back!
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Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural traits that belong only to a lucky few. In this article, originally published on LinkedIn Pulse, Dr. Travis Bradberry explains how being likeable is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).
Likeability isn’t a birthright—it results from acquirable skills that are crucial to your success.
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Hey Michael, if you arent going to follow up on Cruz45 can you make me an owner?
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De Libertarische Partij staat op het punt van doorbreken in Amerika

Mijn nieuwste (en eerste!) artikel voor de website van de Nederlandse Libertarische Partij, de LP: de enige partij die het individu écht centraal stelt en zich tegen alle vormen van collectivisme en Grote Overheidsdenken verzet.

Dit stuk gaat over de opkomst van Gary Johnson in Amerika, de voorman van de Libertarian Party die meedoet aan de presidentiële verkiezingen.

#LP #StemLP #Libertarisme #GaryJohnson
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De libertarische, vrijheidslievende beweging is niet alleen in opkomst in Nederland, maar ook in Amerika. In november kiezen Amerikaanse kiezers hun nieuwe president. Verreweg de meeste aandacht gaat uit naar de presidentskandidaten van de Democratische Partij (de uitgesproken progressief Hillary Clinton) en de Republikeinse Partij (de nationalistische progressief Donald Trump). Veel kiezers hebben echter weinig fiducie in beide kandidaten. Ze he...
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Austria has been highly critical of Turkey's regime for a while now. On Aug. 3, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern even went so far as to describe EU accession talks with Turkey a "diplomatic fiction." He also called on his European colleagues to revise their relationship with Turkey in response to Erdogan's anti-Gülenist purges in which teachers, academics, soldiers, police officers, and journalists are sacrificed on the altar of Turkish Islamic-nationalism.
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It's mighty kind of the Trump supporting alt-right movement to finally show us their true colors. They are now declaring constitutionalism dead.
According to the alt-right, constitutionalism is now passé.
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We are #CruzCrew and we aren't going anywhere! 
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Dam right, proud to be a Cruz crew member. 
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"What we found is a phenomenon that explains, with remarkable clarity, the rise of Donald Trump — but that is also much larger than him, shedding new light on some of the biggest political stories of the past decade. Trump, it turns out, is just the symptom. The rise of American authoritarianism is transforming the Republican Party and the dynamics of national politics, with profound consequences likely to extend well beyond this election."
A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.
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"In his recent book, Peak, Ericsson points out the obvious fact that many people in our world appear as if they are endowed with certain genetic gifts and abilities that seem downright superhuman. But where do these gifts actually come from? Can anyone become an expert? Or is that category reserved for only the elite?"
3 Practical Steps for Achieving Peak Performance Why are some people so good at what they do whereas others struggle with the most basic of tasks? Have you ever wondered if you were capable of achieving more in your work and life? This question is what researcher Anders Ericsson has spent most of his career pondering. And the answers might surprise you. […]
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