IN TERMS OF INCOME THE NETHERLANDS IS EGALITARIAN REALLY? Kees Deckers April 2014 Saturday April 12 the printed version of the Dutch newspaper “De Volkskrant” headed on its front page with the following remarks and  question: Directly under the heading: Rich become richer, it is stated: "In terms of income The Netherlands is egalitarian..." These 8 words are stated  as if they are the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. They let therefore instantly go off all sorts of bells and whistles, or  questions such as: Who says so? Where does it say that? Since when? Egalitarian means: Pursuing equality, equality, focus on equal treatment, on an equal footing.  Three simple and immediately salient facts belie this positive statement from day one in the history of this so-called country:  1. Since 1815 The Netherlands is ruled by the current billionaire family of the Oranje's. A family, which, by way of hundreds of years of mostly  kicking up dust and warring, has exalted itself high above its so-called subjects, the 99%. The current king of this family gets 3,300.- Euro a  day, so with an 8-hour workday 412.- Euro an hour according to the website "Loonwijzer.nl" (http://www.loonwijzer.nl/home/salaris/vipsalaris  sen/politici). While most of his so-called subjects may be glad if they earn 10.- Euro bruto an hour. The current so-called “minister-president”  (prime minister) gets 567.- Euro a day, so with an 8-hour workday 72.- Euro an hour. So, this king gets 40 times an hour more than many of  his so-called compatriots, and this prime minister 7 times. Note also that in the web address this information is stored in the subdirectory  .../vipsalarissen/politici. "Loonwijzer.nl" indicates with this not only that this king does interfere with the politics of The Netherlands, in  addition the term "vipsalarissen" stands for “salaries for very important persons”, so-called very important humans. The term v.i.p. has  nothing to do with "pursuing equality" and "on an equal footing". On the contrary. The Dutch language is full of words, terms, and expressions  borrowed from other languages, like that, which are used as much as possible to make inequality sound normal, right and just. Because some  humans will, of course, claim immediately that this king and this prime minister work many more hours a day than 8, also the calculation if  both work the maximum number of hours a day, to wit 24 hours a day. In this case, the first would get 137.50 Euro an hour, 10 times as  much as most so-called Netherlanders, and the second 23.62 Euro an hour is 2 times as much. And let these humans also not forget that  most so-called Netherlanders are not even allowed to work more than 8 hours a day by law. Is this egalitarian?  2. As in most so-called countries in the world, The Netherlands too has from the outset made the male human more important than the  female human. With the result that even today many paid jobs pay more money in the form of salary to male humans than to female  humans. Worse even, it is still normal that the housewife simply does not get paid one eurocent for her work. The only difference with 30 to  40 years ago is that the unpaid work put in the own household today is divided a bit more between women as well as men. Not being paid for  all the work done for the own household, is that egalitarian?  3. Above two facts bring us to the third immediately salient fact, which belies those egalitarian incomes in that so-called country. The fact  that one human does not even earn 10.- Euro bruto an hour, while another gets 500.-, 1,000.- and more Euro an hour. The from the outset  applied, obfuscating and obscuring pretext to make this acceptable and digestible is giving the impression that some jobs are more important  than others. According to these pretexts and claims they require more responsibility, more knowledge, more ability and so on. But also keep  in mind, that without the farmer, without the baker, without the housewife, the carpenter, the mason and the plumber, that director, that top  official, that top sporter, that so-called “Bekende Nederlander” (Well-known Netherlander), that scientist and that king would have to grow  their vegetables themselves, would have to bake their bread themselves, would have to build their house themselves, would have to keep  house themselves and so on. And all this work demands just as much responsibility, knowledge and ability. A house should not collapse,  should be energy-efficient, should be moisture-free and pathogen-free. Vegetables should not be full of pesticides, should be grown so that it  does not lead to a bad harvest and so on. Add to this the fact that currently voluntary work and informal care again reign supreme, and that  most humans may be glad to have a measly paid job of less than 24 hours a week, thanks to the yet again failing capitalistic system, which  applies inequality as basis. For this king and prime minister, though, it is of course always still possible to work 24 hours a day, more  accurately said, to get even more per hour. Is this all egalitarian?  A community of humans, which is really civilised, knows that some humans are safeguarded from growing vegetables, building houses, doing  their own household and baking bread, our daily necessities of life, by other humans, to be able to care for other daily, generally less  necessary necessities of life. This does not mean that these last activities have more value, are more important and therefore need to be  treasured with more money. All work is equally valuable, and all humans are equally important.  We should not be treated and paid egalitarian, equally on the grounds of a fantasy hierarchy of importance of jobs, on the grounds of so-  called important and unimportant functions, we should be treated equally on the basis of what we are, humans. Egalitarian should stand for:  Pursuing equality for all humans, equality of all humans, focus on equal treatment of all humans, be on an equal footing with all humans.  In terms of income The Netherlands is egalitarian? One can only laugh scornfully about this. It is time that they finally have the guts to  actually be egalitarian with regard to incomes in that so-called country. A good proposal for this has been around for a very long time. It is  called the Unconditional Basic Income.  Up