Politics versus Metapolitics

01 maart 2023 | Vincent Vos

The provincial elections in the Netherlands are coming up and the polls show that the anti-establishment vote will once again grow larger. A new party “Farmers' Citizens' Movement (BBB)” might soon become a major player in the political landscape. The main issue BBB campaigns on is the farmers.  It owes its success to the huge farmers' protests here in the Netherlands. 

However, while the Netherlands is teeming with new "right-wing" parties in politics, there is a big difference in how fundamentally these parties oppose the current political order. So the question is: “To what extent can we talk about anti-establishment parties?”

In Thierry Baudet's new book, Gideon’s Men, he distinguishes between two different forms of opposition: policy-opposition and system-opposition. Policy opposition is conducted by parties which differ from the status quo on some issues but which go along with the generally accepted narrative on others. Therefore, there is little or no overarching vision among these parties which constitutes a critique of the entire current power structure. The criticism of power by these parties is therefore mainly that the current power is going too far with its agenda. For instance, the opposition party JA21 is against mass immigration when it comes to "low-skilled labour”, but, according to them, there should be even more immigration of "high-skilled labour". The point being made, then, is not a fundamental position against immigration but against the type of immigration. This position fits perfectly with the globalist narrative of the status quo. They are working within the narrative of the status quo.

BBB is doing the same with the farmer narrative. The government's line is that farmers must eventually be expropriated to meet fictitiously set nitrogen targets. While BBB claims to be against forced expropriation, it adopts the government's narrative that there is a nitrogen problem. What parties like BBB and JA21 seem unwilling to grasp is that all political issues are related; they are part of a larger metapolitical narrative. 

For instance, it is impossible simultaneously to stand up for farmers' interests, to be in favor of mass immigration and to want to incorporate Ukraine into the European Union. These things are incompatible with each other.  The hidden governmental meta-narrative here is that farmers have to leave their land to facilitate the mass immigration required by transnational corporations.  When Ukraine is completely absorbed into the Western sphere, Dutch farmers will no longer be able to compete with the huge industrial farms in Ukraine. This internal connection is dismissed by these parties as a conspiracy theory, whereas it is perfectly logical when the bigger picture is seen. These parties are incapable of seeing the larger narrative. Worse, the bigger picture matters little to these parties. BBB is for example proud that its group chairwoman, Caroline van der Plas, states that she has no ideology. What she does not seem to understand is that everyone has an ideology.  In the modern world, where the mass media has got a grip over all of us, politics and thus ideology have penetrated our society everywhere.

The bearers of the current dominant ideology are well aware of this fact.  They use all their opportunities to force their views on society through the metapolitics of their institutions. While policy-opposition-parties often think that the primacy of power still lies in the Lower House of our Parliament, the opposite is true. The real power lies within a unified political order comprising international organisations, the media, Hollywood, NGOs, the banks, transnational corporations, judges and civil servants. These people in positions of power all think fundamentally the same about where we should go with the world. 

The concept of  "controlled opposition" is often used to describe weak opposition. The suggestion is often made that controlled opposition is consciously, against its better judgement, playing a role. While of course the sincerity of some parties can certainly be doubted, it can also be the case that they are effectively controlled because they cannot think outside the box. Policy-opposition is always controlled by the dominant superstructure because it operates within the frameworks of the status quo and has based its entire perception of the world on that. Increasingly, we find parties taking a certain position from a kind of ignorance because they do not understand how things are connected. Every time a new issue arises on the news, which parties have to state something about, policy-opposition-parties will instinctively adhere to the government narrative. We have seen this with the attitude of policy-opposition-parties on both COVID and the situation in Ukraine.

This can be understood by the fact that policy-opposition parties do not fundamentally understand politics. Politics are downstream from culture and culture is mainly formed by cultural institutions - are currently Hollywood and (social) media. This is because people only know what is presented to them: their frame of reference is based on what media they consume. When you have control over these institutions you have control over politics. This is why progressive-globalist policies will constantly win in the end. The progressive-left has been so successful in gaining dominance over society because it understood very well how this process of media-conditioning works. It uses metapolitics to shape the political order in its way. The key insight that these policy opposition parties do not have is that the system is inherently rigged. Thus, the progressive-globalist state system will always lead to even more progressive-globalism, since it was shaped in that way.

If the anti-establishment Right wants to make real change, it will have to view politics from a metapolitical perspective and oppose the whole political order. Only then can progress be made to form an alternative to it.

Forum for Democracy (FVD) is the only movement that does not just oppose the current political parties; FVD opposes the entire political order. This includes the realisation that politics does not only involve what is said and done in our Lower and Upper House. To change politics we need to oppose the whole political order. We must oppose the ideology of international institutions, of Hollywood, of the media, of the big banks and of transnational corporations: we need system-opposition.

FVD is the only party that sees this bigger picture. The West is rapidly collapsing due to a combination of spiritual emptiness, hyper-individualism, universalism, consumerism and hyper-materialism. To resist the major international forces pushing these tendencies and capturing our system, a clear alternative ideological vision is needed. Only FVD contemplates these sorts of metapolitical questions. Only FVD stands for real change.


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