39 Questions about
of education and government
in the Netherlands
ME in Amsterdam
(nearly all in
see also: Spiegeloog-columns (in Dutch and
Questions about the qualities of education and government in the
Netherlands have been written in May
1988 and have been read to a congregation of professors and lecturers
of the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Amsterdam, who had
invited me as a speaker "because you speak so well" (not knowing what I
was going to say, so well).
have been handed out and in to very many Dutch professors and
lecturers, and at least five times to the Board of Directors of the
University of Amsterdam - who removed me in August 1988 from the study
of philosophy, just before taking my M.A. degree in the subject, mostly
because of the above.
39 Questions about the decline of education
and government in Holland
1. Is it
not true that Wittgenstein says somewhere that it must be possible to
write a philosophical treatise that consists only of questions? (The
answer is: Yes.)
2. And is
it not true that the most direct and practical questions about
philosophy and, more generally, science and civilization, are questions
about the level and quality of education in philosophy and science -
because the level and qualitity of civilization in a society strongly
depends on the qualities of the education that society produces?
3. For is
it not also true that a modern society in which education on average is
bad; in which the universities and schools are bad; or where what is
taught is not science but political ideology - is a society that is
slowlu but surely poisoning itself?
4. Is it
not true that the Holland is in this position since the Mammoetwet and
5. And is
it not true that bad or mediocre universities and preparatory schools
not only amount to the slow but sure suicide of civilisation, but also
amounts to personal injustice to all students whose birthright to a
good education in accordance with their personal talents has been
stolen from them?
6. Is it
not true that in Holland since 20 years quasi-academic diplomas are
handed to quasi-intellectuals in the soft science -
quasi-intellectuals, moreover, that then do occupy real functions, in
which they may decide about the possibilities and chances of their
personell and their clients, and are not quasi but really highly paid
7. Is it
not true that a society that rewards, protects and maintains
incompetence thereby gets poisoned - as surely as nature is poisoned by
8. And is
it not also true that both kinds of poisoning exist and continue to
exist because those with an interest in them ... have an interest in
this? And bevaise it turns out to be wholly fruitless and ineffective
to criticize any civil servant, however lazy, however impolite, however
incompetent, because in Holland everybody with a public function,
whether as a civil servant or a politician, is protected by similar
collaborating most honorable dear colleagues of precisely the same kind?
9. And is
it not also true that in Holland actual factual personal responsibility
does not exist anymore for any higher political or bureaucratic
function i.a. because such functions are handed out to and divided
between personal friends, members of parliament, incompetent
secretaries of state, trade union officials, and other politically
organized parasites, and that the one parasite - in the sense of:
morally irresponsible; intellectually incompetent; and motivated by
personal greed for money and status - always protects any other
is it not also true that in Holland there is hardly any morally and
intellectual competent politician, governor or high civil servant one
can honestly name - with as the virtually unique exception of a decent,
competent and Dutch politician the hundred years old Drees? 
11. Is is
not true that in ALL of the University of Amsterdam there are no
enthousiastic, inspiring, teachers with good Dutch? Is it not true that
it is very uncommon in the University of Amsterdam to find courses and
teachers who offer good and clear written summaries of their courses
12. Is it
not true that the vast majortity of the books that are used are simply
13. Is it
not true that almost none of the professors and lectures have protested
the past 20 years against the politicizing of science and education in
the University of Amsterdam; or against the ruinous state of the
courses offered after the B.A.; or against the systematic giving of
advantages, perks and subsidied to the members of what are in fact very
small very fanatic student activists (e.g. by giving their leaders
(M/F) automatical academic jobs and advantages as a matter of course?).
14. Is it
not true that in the University of Amsterdam the majority of the
scientific staff, at least in the social and literary faculties, are
intellectually hardly qualified; do not do any scientific research of
high quality; and in fact are hardly interested in their trade and
proportionally concerned with their salaries? 
15. Is it
not also true that in the University of Amsterdam, certainly in the
so-called social and literary sciences, and because of the ruins made
of pre-university school-education, the vast majority of the students
is not qualified for and in any case hardly interested in great parts
of the science they are supposed to study, but only partake of because
they desire to make a career with an M.A. degree of some kind?
16. Is it
not true that the professors and lecturers in the university have been
saying since 20 years that their personal qualities cannot be assessed
is it not true that they do not say so because this is true, but in
order to prevent that their total lack of relevant qualities comes to
isn't it true that only were there are no qualities these qualities
cannot be assessed?
19. Is it
not true that since 20 years a large amount of the education in the
social and literary faculties in the Dutch universities in fact are
political ideology, and political prejudice presented as if it were
20. Is it
not also true that since 20 years in many faculties highly paid
professors and lectures have ben claiming - as I have heard many tens
of times in the faculties of philosophy and of psychology - that
"everybody knows that truth does not exist"; that "objective science is
an illusion"; and that "rational thinking is not morally justified"?
21. Is it
not true that these are totalitarian ideas, that were formulated and
propounded especially to help leftiist politicking, but that these can
as well serve to argue that it is not true that 6 million jews were
murdered in the Second World War, or that Adolf Hitler was a great
humanitarian genius - for "everybody knows that truth does not exist";
that "objective science is an illusion"; and that "(human) qualities
cannot be assessed objectively"?
22. Is it
not true that it has been now for 20 years the actual priority in the
University of Amsterdam in the social and literary faculties to
propound and teach this manner of totalitarian political ideology -
indeed in fact in aid of the leftist, so-called humanitarian, aims and
theories, but just as well capable of being used for any other kind of
23. Is it
not true that IF the - always cowardly, always dishonest, always
hypocritical - Dutch politicians or bureaucrats raise a tip of the veil
that covers the Augian stables they maintain, this only happens when
they leave office - if they already have been effectively promoted to
an even better -paying veiled Augian stable, the salary of which also
does not stink at all... until the next promotiom?
is it not true that this dedicated silence explains a lot about
collaboration in the Second World War?
25. Is it
not true that part of the reason for what is really the ruins that are
the University of Amsterdam, once an autonamous university, dedicated
to science and civilisation, but now degenerated to a pretentious, sick
n-th rate college-like institution, is that this has been cause by 20
years of incompetent Boards of Directors - persons who were mostly
Dutch Labour politicos without the least real interest in science or
education, who were in fact (whatever their hypocritical public stances
about their motives) mainly motivated by greed for money and power?
26. Is it
not true that at least during the last 15 years there has been no
proper financial reporting whatsoever in the University of Amsterdam?
27. Is it
not true that incompetent members of the Board of Directors, who have
been diagnosed as such by the University Parliament, have been
pensioned off with honors and nearly a million in bonus?
28. Is it
not true that in the period 1980-1985 60 million guilders have
"disappeared" (45 million in the university itself, 15 million in the
foundation that was supposed to obtain students houses for the money?)
29. Is it
not true that this money disappeared because the Board of Directors has
been incompetent the last 20 years; because there has not been any
effective personal responsibility whatsoever; and because everyone
knows that the Ministry of Education anyway will pump half a billion
into the university?
30. Is it
not true that in the University of Amsterdam the real subject is not
the public hypocritical poses about educatiom or indeed political
ideology, but that this is in fact nothing else but on moral and
intellectual incompetence based hyporcisies, greed and parasitism?
31. Is it
not true that the once again upcoming elections for the University
Parliament are exclusively and only a means to get the ASVA- and
PP-fractions elected and to give the Board of Directors a
quasi-democratical legitimation of their enduring position of power and
their continuous incompetence and parasitism?
32. Is is
not true that in the University of Amsterdam one can only elect the one
or the other powergreedy parasite without the least real interest in
science or educatiom, who is moved only by political fanaticism or by
monetary greed and an easy career?
33. Is is
not true that a great part of the non-academic staff of the university,
compared with what is usual in ordinary firms, hardly works at all?
34. Is is
not true that a great part of the leftist political ideas that have
been so popular in the University of Amsterdam were especially popular
NOT because their proponents had any real ethical motivation, but only
because it provided all concerned, that is everyone with a job in the
University of Amsterdam, almost totally unrestricted freedom to do
nothing and to have no personal responsibility at all - because
according to these leftist political ideas "everybody is equal" while
"all decisions must be fullu democratised"?
was this - apart from all the beautiful talk - in practice nothing but
an open and standing invitation plus legitimation of parasitism, doing
nothing at all, behaving shoddily, being lazy, talking hypocritically,
and protection of political ideology masquerading as if it were real
science fit for being taught at the universities?
36. Is it
not true that science is both the cultural and economical foundation of
our society, because we all live and eat thanks to the technologies we
owe to centuries of scientific research, and because scientific methods
of reasoning are our omly means to adequately explain and understand
reality, and to rationally criticize nonsensical political ideologies,
derailed religious faiths, and other forms of supersition?
37. Is it
not true that the quality of our economy, and the welfare we can expect
from it, is directly propportional to the quality of scientific
education - because our economy is based on scientific technologies?
is it not true that the quality of our civilisation, and the welfare
and wellbeing - humane attitudes, tolerance, in short: reasonable
action based on realisable plans - is directly propportional to the
quality of the scientific educational institutions - because our
civilisation is based on norms of rational reasoning and reasonable
action that are for the most part scientific or owing to scientific
norms and principles?
is it not true that science and good scientific education, rational
thinking and reasonable acting, are of the greatest importance for
mankind and for human civilisation - and that in the University of
Amsterdam science and the education in science have been ruined and
corrupted; rational thinking has been trivialized ans destroyed; and
reasonable acting exists only in a hypopcritical travesty?
The reply was to the
effect that I was scolded for a "fascist" and a "terrorist", and in
consequence I was removed from the study of
philosophy briefly before being able to take my M.A. in it.
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