Holland’s new king Willem-Alexander today declared the end of the welfare state in a nationally-televised annual address.
The king, who is at 46 the youngest monarch in Europe, said a new ‘participation society’ would take its place, in which people must save and invest to create their own social safety net with less help from the national government.
‘The shift to a “participation society” is especially visible in social security and long-term care,’ the king said in a speech to MPs written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.
The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.’
He said that nowadays, people expect and ‘want to make their own choices, to arrange their own lives, and take care of each other.’
Well some do. Others don’t. That’s the problem we’re all faced with. What began as a social safety net has evolved into a lifestyle for some, especially those with the least investment in their host country.
The toxic relationship between left-wing activists and the professional poor is destroying entire economies as the left is motivated to increase the welfare rolls and those on them are motivated to vote for the left.