Some times it takes a small country to show the way.

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Happybunny, May 9, 2012.

  1. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    Like a lot of things we Dutch, have taken the liberal view. :cool:

    Trying to make freedom of the internet a right for all people.

    https://www.bof.nl/2012/05/08/netherlands-first-country-in-europe-with-net-neutrality/

    I was glad that this got signed, now lets see how long it takes the rest of the world to catch up. :D

    Examples from history: Gay rights. Drugs and Society.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_Netherlands

    Legal since 1811
    First country to legalise marriage for gays.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drug_policy_of_the_Netherlands

    Coffee shops any body.
     
  2. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I would love to live there. It sounds like heaven.
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Now, yes. ;)
     
  4. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    According to the U.S. religious right this country should be collapsing straight into hell any day now. I wonder why it hasn't happened yet?
     
  5. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    UK is going the other direction quite quickly and there doesn't seem to be strong opposition from any party.
     
  6. Don't panic macrumors 603

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    also, we owe it to the dutch if New York City is what it is, which in turn was instrumental to have strict puritanism limited and eventually rejected as the mainstream view.

    the influence of the dutch culture goes way back in making this a better world

    (and no, I am not dutch of or dutch ancestry)
     
  7. hafr macrumors 68030

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    Does this mean that the decision to force Ziggo and Xs4All to block access to The Pirate Bay is no longer valid?

    I thought I read an article just a few days ago explaining how basically only belgian, german and luxembourgian inhabitants (except for the dutch) would be able to purchase in the coffee shops, and that in the near future only dutch residents with a permit would be able to purchase?
     
  8. Happybunny, May 9, 2012
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    Happybunny thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No what it means is that you can be cut off from the internet even if you are accused of downloading illegal material.
    The court ruling on ZIGGO and Xs4All is still being fought out in a higher court, due in September this year.


    The wietpas is a law that was proposed by the old government which fell last month. There are several court actions by various groups opposed to this law. The law has constantly been posponed and will probably never be passed as there is now no majority in parliament . Plus all the coffee shop owners in the south of the country want to make a court case out of it,if it does become law: as they are pretty certain that they can win it.
    http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wietpas
     

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