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  • Jun 2nd, 2012 @ 12:22am

    Re: Re:

    "Agreed ideas by themselves are nothing if not implemented"

    That is right but Wikipedia is not just an idea but the product of collaboration. Its like a walk in the woods. If someone walked before you and chopped the weeds and some trees you benefit from his efforts because he cleared the way. If you make it even better and 50 people after you do the same over time there is a road with economic value.

  • Jun 1st, 2012 @ 10:51pm


    That is not true. That is a typical professional deformation that you see in economics. You can create wealth without money. For instance, if I clean up your garden and you help me with my taxes we are both better of. The same argument goes with Wikipedia. People working together benefit from their collaboration.

  • May 30th, 2012 @ 3:39am

    Re: Judges vs. Parliament

    Not so much in the Netherlands because our Constitution prohibits rulings about the legality of laws (art 120 Grondwet). So the legislative has the last word.

  • May 30th, 2012 @ 2:00am

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    Although we are a small country, we have always have proven that to be trendsetters. For instance, we were the first country to adopt gay-marriage.

    Yes we have elections coming, but that doesn't argue against it. In Dutch Constitutional law we have the confidencly principle (vertrouwensbeginsel) which states that once the House has decided over a specific matter it should leave it there even if another House arrives.