"Escaping the stress of clogged roads, street violence and loss of faith in Holland's once celebrated way of life, the Dutch middle classes are leaving the country in droves for the first time in living memory," writes Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph [via Lucianne]:
The new wave of educated migrants are quietly voting with their feet against a multicultural experiment long touted as a model for the world, but increasingly a warning of how good intentions can go wrong.
Australia, Canada and New Zealand are the pin-up countries for those craving the great outdoors and old-fashioned civility.
The illusion that all was well in the Netherlands died in May 2002 when Pim Fortuyn [protesting that Europe's most densely-populated country was full to bursting point and that Muslim immigration, leavened with Salafist extremism, had reached a level where it was starting to destabilise Dutch society itself] was shot by a Left-wing activist in the country's first political assassination since 1584.
Theo van Gogh, his friend and disciple, was next. The mischievous* film-maker had his throat cut by an Islamic fanatic last month as he bicycled to work through the heart of Amsterdam, punished for a film about repression of women in the Muslim world.
Goomp always said the road to Hell was paved with good intentions. One would have thought that the fall of Communism had taught us once and for all -- even those persons of the left still desperately clinging to their youthful embrace of Rousseau's pipe dream of the Noble Savage -- that you can't fool Mother Nature. There are certain laws of human nature that will always out. Incentives are all. Reward anti-social behavior by telling the perpetrator he's a victim of society and it isn't his fault, and like any infant he'll keep on behaving badly.
"There's a feeling of injustice that if you do things right, if you work hard and pay your taxes, you're punished, and those who don't are rewarded. People can come and live here illegally and get payments [said Ellen, 43, a lawyer and banker who votes for the free-market Liberals]. How is that possible?"
Interesting that the Dutch middle classes have apparently opted to cut and run, leaving it for others to clean up the mess they have made.
Update: InstaLanche. The Netherlands may be the canary in the mine. Those unintended consequences of "live and let live" may be coming home to roost.
Update II: Goomp i-mails: "Oi, to have such a famous daughter. I am as proud as a Jewish mother."
*We guess it depends upon what your definition of "mischievous" is. The article notes that "Mr. van Gogh was not to everybody's taste. He once filmed kittens being mangled to death in a washing machine, which he thought was hilarious." You say mischievous, I say psychopathic . . . Let's call the whole thing off.