New Way of Choosing
(Het Nieuwe Kiezen, 2015)
Rudy van Belkom introduces ‘Het Nieuwe Kiezen’. He launched his website in September 2015. On the website, you can answer ten questions about political legislation with different argument positions matched with visions from Dutch political parties. In the Rudy wants to show the Dutch population that they are not fully in line with one particular political party. Together with Victoria Koblenko, Rudy enjoyed the RTL Late Night talk show from Humberto Tan last night. The two explaned the need to vote more efficiently. With ‘Het Nieuwe Kiezen’ the Dutch population choice by theme one political party. In this way your vote assert more and can make the difference for you and the future.
15th March is the time to vote. After the Brexit and winner Trump for president, the term ‘de zwevende kiezer’ (‘the floating voter’ literally translated) is appointed more than ever here in the Netherlands. We are uncertain and critical by the news around us. Figures shows that 50 pro cent of the Dutch population feel unrepresented (Rudy van Belkom, Ted Talkx Maastricht). We want a better world but we don’t know how we can reach our utopia. Indeed, our opinions differ, as we do (think we) know how we can make it a better place. Contradictions between proponents and opponents spread by our mass media. But do we think really different than our neighbour? We do not like to be placed in boxes, we want to create our own box.
‘Het Nieuwe Kiezen’ shows you which political party will represent you by different political issues. In this case we can vote ‘SP’ for the immigration issues and ‘GroenLinks’ for the feudal system (randomly picked). Together the democracy will rule at a higher level. The Dutch population make their own election, which is binding and must be implemented. By going deeper into the topics, the population can make a better choice for change.
The system ‘Het Nieuwe Kiezen’ has not been acknowledged in the Dutch society yet. On the website you can sign a petition. More voices mean more chance to implement this new voting system. This unique change can become a reality. You can also do the test on the website. Click on the link: https://hetnieuwekiezen.nl/#het-experiment. And don’t forget to sign the pretention. I believe in a fairer and more developed voting system. What is your opinion?
Sites to see Rudy van Belkom himself, take a view on these sites:
(Rudy van Belkom, n.d.)
List of sources:
- Het nieuwe kiezen, website, 2015, geraadpleegd op 23-02-2017, https://hetnieuwekiezen.nl/#het-experiment
- RTL Late Night, Kans is groot dat je ongemerkt op verkeerde partij – RTL LATE NIGHT, 22-02-2017, geraadpleegd op 22-02-2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IndAt_qqO8
- Tedx Talks, The Bigger Picture|Rudy van Belkom|TedxMaastricht, website: Youtube, 03-11-2016, geraadpleegd op 23-02-2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPBGRC0a_wQ
- Univers, website, Het Nieuwe Kiezen: petitie voor ander kiessysteem, 05-10-2015, geraadpleegd op 23-02-2017, https://universonline.nl/2015/10/05/het-nieuwe-kiezen-petitie-voor-ander-kiessysteem