"legalized", and never was. What is
("gedoogbeleid") is that special Dutch criminals get a special permission
from the mayor, with his signature, that allows them to sell soft drugs.
Second, why has this been going on for 40 years
now? This is - perhaps - a bit less unproblematical than the issue of
legalization of pot (FALSE), but see how this is practised in this Proud
Dutch Nation of wheelers, dealers and traders:
- The happy Dutch drugscriminal who got a signed letter from the mayor
that allows him to deal illegal drugs now has to work under the following rules:
- 1. He may sell soft drugs (up to 5 grams a day per person),
the buyer is (or seems) 18 or older.
2. How much he sells, and
how high his profits are, and
gets his drugs are, ON LEGAL TOLERANT DUTCH
40 years, NOT
CONTROLLED, NOT CHECKED,
This also has an official name Dutch legalese term,
40 years "gedoogbeleid": "Het Achterdeurbeleid" - literally:
What does The Backdoor Policy (*) mean in practice?
One: That illegal drugs are illegaly sold, with permissions of
mayor, aldermen, and district attorneys (including signatures the
drugscriminals - "coffeeshop owners" - can (and must: We Have A Law In Our
Dutch Country!) proudly hang in their shopwindows, to show their warrant
that they can sell illegal substances.
Two: That the PROFITS of the
drugsdealers, the DRUGS they are
selling, and the QUANTITIES of - still,
quite - illegal drugs they are selling, ARE ON PRINCIPLE WHOLLY
Three: That - 40 years of this
- especially Amsterdam has become THE CENTER of the European
drugscriminality, where hundreds of megamillionairs in both soft and hard
allowed - by the mayor, and his signature etc., and with support and
protection by the drugs-corrupted municipal police - to make
ENORMOUS UNKNOWN - UNRECORDED,
UNCHECKED, UNCONTROLLED - PROFITS from
unknown quantities of drugs the Toleration Of Illegal Drugs Policy, enables
them to sell.
Four: SINCE FORTY (40) YEARS. Times 40 an estimated 10
to 20 BILLION DOLLARS. PER YEAR.
THAT is what it comes down to, in Holland, in Amsterdam, where I
live and was born and grew up.
Now back to THE Young Turk in person,
and "the lack of criminals" in Holland - which is an interesting topic,
about which Cenk is going to make a good point, that I am going to quote
for you. But let's hold fast to one conclusion:
Five: The vast majority of the many great Dutch
drugscriminals meanwhile have legalized
themselves in this sense: The have invested their billions in buying and
building offices and houses - whitewashing/laundering their HUUUUGE and
ILLEGAL profits that way - and have the support of very many
typically Dutch top lawyers, and in fact have become a major power
in Amsterdam and Holland, including professional killers and many -
for Holland - murders amongst mafiosi AND their arrived protectors, that
also are NEVER solved by the police.
Now to Cenk's point about "the lack of criminals" in Holland:
- You know every time a conservative shouts up [imitates O'Reilly or
Limbaugh] "You know our shyshtem ish the best in the woooorld!".
Yeah, OK but ... wait a minute, wait: Which parts of our system? Some
parts of our system are the best in the world - but which parts are you
referring to and why? You know, because to say "it is the best of
the world" without explaining why and then walk away.... No, maybe some -
[conservatives imitation] "believe it or not" - some other countries
might do some things slightly better than the US in some areas.
I know to some Americans this comes as an enormous shock.
But ehhh.... look at the Netherlands. They are down to 12.000 detainees,
which I can't believe that number is so low.
Well.... for the benefit of my non-Dutch (and many Dutch) readers: The
Netherlands have all of 16 million inhabitants, all told. So it's a bit
less than 1 in a 1000 (covering babies, old people etc.)
But yes, relatively speaking, especially relatively speaking to the USA,
Holland has a fairly enlightened judicial system. Relatively speaking, that
is. To continue
- There used to be a stunning 14.000, but since they lost those 2000
detainees, since they don't have as many criminals in the 1990-ies,
This is a convenient moment to interpose: Things are not what they seem,
Cenk.... I have now since 21 years tried to register a legal
complaint against the Amsterdam municipal police, because the
drugsmafiosi that the mayor - without ever
asking me or my neighbors - had "given permission to deal in soft drugs",
but who really (like - gasp! - most dealers in illegal drugs)
dealt (also) in cocaine and heroine, and were arrested with several
kilos of it (**) in front of their so-called
"coffeeshop", after threatening me at least 5 times (with guns and Dobermann
Pinchers) in the following terms (literally, if translated)
"If you do anything we don't like, we will murder you".
As simple as that, and without explaining their likes. The Amsterdam
Municipal Police told me in reply that
"We, the Amsterdam Muncipal Police, will not do anything for you in
this matter. If you don't like it, you can fuck off to another country" -
knowing full well that I was and am an invalid who can't flee. And in
Holland NO-ONE is allowed to carry arms, except if he or she is a
police-officer, a hired commercial guardian of mayors, aldermen and
politicians, or (in practice, if not in theory) a drugs-criminal.
You may not believe this, but there is 30 MB of
Dutch) that proves my assertions, in detail, AND
WITH THE AGREEMENT OF
MAYOR AND ALDERMEN OF AMSTERDAM (***)
So.... back to Cenk and his point:
- ... they gotta close down a bunch of prisons and about 1200 people
are going to lose jobs as correctional officers etcetera...
Probably not, because
Deserving Bureaucrats remain their whole life
employed and promoted in the Netherlands, but that's just by the way...
- Not only that they are in such a good shape they're saying: Wow, we
built these prisons and we should be using them for something. They're
going to import criminals from Belgium, to house them in the Netherlands.
Actually, the surplus in Dutch prisons probably exist because of what
the Dutch call "The Building Fraud", in which it was shown that billions of
Dutch taxpayers' money had illegally disappeared in double dealing between
corrupt politicians and construction firms - after which the CEOs of the
building firms, who made billions illegally, were punished 25.000
euroos, and everything was cosily settled in Holland... but that's by the
bye, and just to illustrate
how moral the Dutch are.
Here is a wholly sound point Cenk makes:
- Hey, wait a minute - we got some criminals:
AT GUANTANAMO BAY! [imitates O'Reilly or Limbaugh] "That we know we
cannot have at UU ESh soil!" They apparently have some lovely prisons in
Holland that we should have look at. I am not saying anything we should
try... Creative thinking herė: They got a need, we got a need: Put it
Except that the present Dutch PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs don't
want them, period: [MM imitates O'Reilly or Limbaugh] "BECAUShE
THEY'RE TERRORIShTSh, y'all shee."
Back to drugs and Cenk (man, the Dutch marihuana is
fabulous! 3 dollars a gram, man! Why ain't you here, and become a part of
- But as you can see, this socialist country Netherland, these potheads
in Holland - man, they're falling apart at the seams [imitates O'Reilly
or Limbaugh] "You see that! You legalize marihuana and you're down to
As I remarked already, Holland is not a "socialist country", and never
was, except perhaps under German - national-socialist - occupation, and
most Dutch politicians might get slightly less stooopid if they were
potheads, which they aren't, though Amsterdam aldermen have been proved to
be cocaineheads, but this is again just in passing.
Now for a Cenkesque proper relativization, a bit late though:
- By the way, Holland has a lot less people than America so understand
that context. But we have in the ballpark of 2 million prisoners, in
America. [Ironical voice an pose:] Per capita we're BLOWING THEM AWAAAAY!
This is true: While the Netherlands have about 1 in a 1000 in prison,
The Home Of The Brave incarcerates about 1 in 100, mostly blacks by the
way, and often in relation to drugs, as Cenk is going to explain and I am
going to skip (and sofar you got nearly all he said in this clip I am
- But yeah, obviously that's an enormous effect: If you don't put
everybody who is taking drugs in prison, you gonna have a lot less people
True, and in Holland you won't go to jail for possessing a few grams of
pot, and you probably will get medical help if you are a junk. But hey,
Cenk! There's a flip side too: The big drugs criminals, the laundered rich,
the drugscorrupt lawyers, politicians and chiefs of police are also
not put in prison, or only a few of the really very stupid of them
are, and then only if they are uneducated criminals, and not corrupt
politicians, corrupt civil servants, corrupt police offers, and also only
eventually, after careers of decades with hundreds of millions of
profits on drugs.
See? That is the Paradisical State and City I am living in - but
yes: I agree soft drugs are not dangerous or addicting, and yes, I hold
illegal drugs (of the kinds we are discussing, including heroine, cocaine
etc.) should all be legalized (and checked, and controlled for quality, and
dispensed through a real doctor if hard drugs, that is, only on recipe).
More Cenk, on the wonders of the Netherlands:
- And by the way... this doesn't mean they have a crime problem. It
means the direct opposite: They don't have a crime problem.
I am so glad to learn it! LOL in fact - but yes, it is true that the
Dutch penal system is more enlightened and humane than the US one, and
it is true that the Dutch have not only "a crime problem", but several.
Discussion of that requires local knowledge, so back to Cenk's ending of
- Just think about it, please! Put some thought behind it.
As you see, I just did, and things are not - quite - as TYT reported
them, on May 28, 2009. So, since I am myself so much concerned with
The Truth About Amsterdam (Foxnews) I wrote this, also for
the benefit of TYTs.
But I think I can - sort of - see where they're
coming from, and why they think the information they relayed is
correct, namely because of what's been in the media these last four
decades, that was nearly always some considerable journalistic misrepresentation of some kind, for one
living here and knowing a fair amount about and around the topic of "drugs
in Amsterdam", and also because Los Angeles, from whence TYT hails, is more
or less on the other side of the globe.
Anyway, this was one more issue of "The Truth About Drugs in
Amsterdam" - and it really stinks, for if ever there was a hypocrisy, a
scam, a fraud, a deception - for personal, private, illegal profit, earned
with (furthering) the dealing of drugs, it is the Dutch totally fraudulent
and false way of "solving the problem":
FOR THE MAFIA, HOW TO GROW INSANELY RICH REAL FAST, WITH THE
PROTECTION OF THE NATIONAL DUTCH POLICY OF TOLERATION OF
And I put "ILLEGAL" in red capitals,
because that is really what it is all about, why it is so profitable, and
why the Dutch politicians and civil servants have wanted it to be as it is
for 40 years - and I give it two you in two final points:
- Man, it is and has been so ENORMOUSLY profitable!
- Do you know of anything the Dutch have not done in a major way for
lots of money, such as drugs dealing (in the 19th C millions upon
millions of opium, to China, from the Dutch colony that's now Indonesia),
slave trading, yea waterboarding (already illustrated, with full Dutch
moral approval), also what's now Indonesia?
I mean: I don't - and yes, the Dutch are people, also mostly
ordinary folks and very proud of that, but look: They're traders,
dealers, traffickers, more horny for profit than anything else, since ages.
And boy: Drugs are SO profitable!
Note on the links in this piece: The boldfaced
(underlined, as usual) ones are in English, the other links in Dutch. And
the links are part and parcel of the argument, me
being a logical philosopher.
(*) So called, because it amounts to this: "The Front
Door" is protected and controlled by the drugsdealers and the municipal
police, generally to the effect that the business remains running as smooth
and profitable as ever, and "The Back Door" is where the drugsdealer gets
his drugs from - which, as explained, is as a matter of policy, practice
and principle in the Toleration Of Illegal Drugs ("gedoogbeleid"),
UNRECORDED, UNCHECKED, UNCONTROLLED, just as are their
Since 40 years, essentially because, first, the Dutch have been
very great traders, dealers, wheelers, and pirates since 500 years, and
second, the Toleration Of Illegal Drugs ("gedoogbeleid") is the best thing
since the Prohibition or sliced bread to make a profit.
You dig it, Cenk, do you? It's a SMART schema, and it WORKS. Very
profitably, thank you. (And who cares about the law?! Only old fogeys like
me, in Holland. Man, it's profitable, it's fun, it can be done, and mayor,
aldermen and police chiefs are going to love you for it, if you are a
successful businessman, in lieu of the Fine Principled Dutch Policy of
Toleration Of Illegal Drugs ("gedoogbeleid").
Since 40 years. All that time proven highly effective to get rich as a
billionaire, while being zonked high on cocaine, and getting help of all
the top lawyers in Amsterdam.
Man, what are you waiting for?! Come to Amsterdam, do TYT from here,
tune in, drop out, get high, get rich. We can have a talk, and I'll show you
the best places to get your preferred ticket to Artificial Paradise -
marihuana, hashish, mescaline (till very recently legal), and all the
snorts and powders and shots you might want, if thus enclined, and nicely
mellowed up, in Luscious, Rich, Fabulous Amsterdam.
No problem, man! It ain't legal, but that's just to help clever people
get rich fast. (If you're Dutch,
and know Amsterdam's mayor
well, or have good contacts in the Dutch Labour Party, that is.)
(**) Representing also several millions of dollars
for them. O yes - there also are dealers in soft drugs who only deal in
soft drugs, in Holland. Yes, indeed! But they also got stinking rich real
fast, and besides, over the last 20 years they have been crowded out, shut
down, or shot off - I mean: killed in the streets in Amsterdam,
always an unsolved crime, in drugs, in Amsterdam
- by the competition. (But yes, there still are a few, and
some of them are - or seem to be - level-headed fair, clever and pleasant guys, and
indeed also quite rich. Really!)
(***) Who have refused and do refuse since 21
years to meet me, mail me, answer my letters, or phone me, knowing full
well the name, the address (in Amsterdam), and quite possibly the -
stinking rich - person of the drugs-criminal who had me gassed and
threatened credibly with murder by his cocaineheads, who is, as I said,
stinking rich, and at present also is "architect for the European Union",
what with his millions of illegal and since then safely laundered