It is with great sadness I report that Common Purpose in the Netherlands has closed down. In the current climate in the Netherlands, the open courses have struggled to cover costs. The Netherlands team have worked very hard over the years for Common Purpose and we are all very grateful for their work.
The list of regular speakers on the site of the Dutch chapter of CP reads like a who-is-who of the Dutch multicultural elite. The ‘founding father’ of the Dutch chapter is Geert Mak, for crying outloud.
The course they offer seem to be about power politics only: How to identify and manipulate the ‘levers of power’ and how to maintain and upgrade your ‘network’ (that barren and strictly utilitarian surrogate for real friendships and inter-human relations).
I do not like conspiracy theories that much. They often ascribe a level of insidiousness to members of a conspiracy far beyond the capabilities of mere mortals. However, setting aside the (unproven) agenda of delivering us into the hands of communism after all, the concept of a closed, self-selecting (you don’t get to join unless invited by the board of Common Purpose) and self-maintaining elite does not spell a lot of good news for a healthy, democratic, public life.
Needless to say: That CP saw itself forced to close shop in NL can only be good news for the health of political life in our swampy corner of the world. Good riddance to bad rubbish!