Can Individual Freedom and Socialism Co-Exist?

Well, the Dutch culture seems to be an example of this, and it is one of the many fascinating paradoxes that often puzzle expats who come to the Netherlands.

When Fernando Lanzer first came to the Netherlands on a work assignment, in the ‘90s, an American friend told him: “You will be in for a shock: the Netherlands is the most communist country in the world!”

What he has experienced, in practice, is that Dutch society combines a number of contradicting aspects of what we have heard about socialist regimes, together with a degree of freedom of expression that is greater than anything he’s seen anywhere, including in America. He finds this combination enthralling and that is perhaps the main reason he chose to make this country his home.

Fernando Lanzer
2015 Winter

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