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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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Classically liberal blogger, columnist, (new media) entrepreneur. Editor-in-Chief at Dagelijkse Standaard, Contributor PJ Media, Alles In Perspectief, and more.
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    Editor-in-Chief (hoofdredacteur), 2014 - present
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    Contributor, 2009 - 2012
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    Editor, 2009 - 2011
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    Assistant Managing Editor, 2009 - 2011
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    Assistant Editor, 2006 - 2007
  • Pajamas Media
    Dutch Correspondent, 2007 - 2008
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De lijsttrekker van de LP bij de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen van 15 maart 2017, Robert Valentine, is tegenwoordig aan het vloggen. Vanaf nu zal hij wekelijks een vlog voor ons maken.

In zijn eerste vlog heet Robert de nieuwe politieke partij GeenPeil welkom, maar legt hij uit dat wij als LP zijnde al 23 jaar voor meer individuele vrijheid én meer democratie pleiten. Het is goed om te zien dat steeds meer mensen zich realiseren dat het zoveel beter kan in ons land, maar als je écht voor vernieuwing bent is alleen de LP écht voor jou.
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Why yes, I think they are...
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Almost every single item on this list is terrific. It'll be up to all of us to check that he will actually follow through on it.

The one big problem I have? His ideas about trade. I'm a free trade guy. It has increased the prosperity of literally billions of people, in the US and in other countries.

If he follows through on his trade plans he will ignite major trade wars that'll destroy the world economy, the American economy included.

So I hope that his advisers can convince him to soften his stance on trade.
On Wednesday, the Senate majority leader threw cold water on some of Trump's plans.
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A reader of PJ Media told me that Trump's victory reminded him of Andrew Jackson's victory in 1828. Obviously, most people won't know what Jacksonian Democracy was about, so here's a handy link.

Money quote:

'The Jacksonians’ basic policy thrust, both in Washington and in the states, was to rid government of class biases and dismantle the top-down, credit-driven engines of the market revolution. The war on the Second Bank of the United States and subsequent hard-money initiatives set the tone—an unyielding effort to remove the hands of a few wealthy, unelected private bankers from the levers of the nation’s economy. Under the Jacksonians, government-sponsored internal improvements generally fell into disfavor, on the grounds that they were unnecessary expansions of centralized power, beneficial mainly to men with connections. The Jacksonians defended rotation in office as a solvent to entrenched elitism.

'Around these policies, Jacksonian leaders built a democratic ideology aimed primarily at voters who felt injured by or cut off from the market revolution. Updating the more democratic pieces of the republican legacy, they posited that no republic could long survive without a citizenry of economically independent men. Unfortunately, they claimed, that state of republican independence was exceedingly fragile. According to the Jacksonians, all of human history had involved a struggle between the few and the many, instigated by a greedy minority of wealth and privilege that hoped to exploit the vast majority. And this struggle, they declared, lay behind the major problems of the day, as the “associated wealth” of America sought to augment its domination.'


'The people’s best weapons were equal rights and limited government—ensuring that the already wealthy and favored classes would not enrich themselves further by commandeering, enlarging, and then plundering public institutions. More broadly, the Jacksonians proclaimed a political culture predicated on white male equality, contrasting themselves with other self-styled reform movements. Nativism, for example, struck them as a hateful manifestation of elitist puritanism.
Sabbatarians, temperance advocates, and other would-be moral uplifters, they insisted, should not impose righteousness on others. Beyond position-taking, the Jacksonians propounded a social vision in which any white man would have the chance to secure his economic independence, would be free to live as he saw fit, under a system of laws and representative government utterly cleansed of privilege.'

I really think that this is an apt comparison. It also means that Trump's victory wasn't a one-off, but a result in line with American history, culture and traditions.
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Turkey's Islamist Regime Raids Leading Secular Newspaper, Accuses Executives of Terrorism
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Hi, I'm doing #StoicWeek 2016 from Izmir, Turkey.

Yesterday was a good day to get started, although I did forget to do the midday exercise. Today I've added it to my to-do list, perhaps I'll remember it that way.

I tremendously appreciate the morning exercise especially. It's a nice, calm way to get started with the day and to focus on what's to come. Very often we think about what we want to get accomplished that day, but the strength of this particular exercise is that we then add thoughts about everything that could go wrong, and tell ourselves to focus on what's truly important: our reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves. s

Question: As I understand it, a new book about stoicism was recently released. I have forgotten the title and the name of its author, however. Does anyone know which book I"m talking about?
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Great tip I'll look at it.
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The increasingly authoritarian and openly Islamist Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn't exactly fond of Hillary Clinton. Normally that would be a tad bit strange. After all, authoritarian Islamic leaders tend to love Democrats.

Erdogan's anger was aroused, however, by Clinton saying during the most recent presidential debate that, as president, she would arm and support Kurdish forces fighting in Syria against ISIS...
How does she plan to make up for the loss of Turkey's support if she arms the Kurds?
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+James Karaganis even Erdogan isn't keen on Trump.
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Geert Wilders on Track to Become Next Prime Minister of the Netherlands 
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This is good, nay, fantastic news:

In other words, merely two days after having won the presidential contest, Trump appears to be walking away from one of the most alarming foreign policy positions he repeatedly put forward throughout his entire campaign.

During his run for the presidency, Trump said that if he were elected, he would consider no longer defending longstanding allies South Korea and Japan unless they agree to pay us a lot more money to do so. He also suggested South Korea and Japan should consider getting their own nuclear weapons.

"We are better off frankly if South Korea is going to start protecting itself,” Trump told CNN's Anderson Cooper back in March. “They have to protect themselves or they have to pay us." In a January interview on NBC’s Meet the Press, Trump said, “We have 28,000 soldiers on the line in South Korea between the madman and them," referring to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. "We get practically nothing compared to the cost of this.”
In a phone call with South Korea’s president, Trump pledged to defend the country.
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and Japan's have more troops then Korea I don't know how much they're paying .nothing.
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WaPo's latest gives Hillary 323 electoral votes to Trump's 180.
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Beth Moore Speaks Out on Christians Dismissing Talk of Sexual Abuse
In a series of tweets posted this weekend, influential Christian author and speaker Beth Moore spoke out against Christian leaders who dismiss talk of sexual abuse and the objectification women. Though she didn’t mention Donald Trump by name in the tweets, her comments seem to be referencing the GOP nominee’s "hot mic” comments from 2005, recently unearthed by The Washington Post. In the video, which featured an off-camera conversation between Tr...
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