Definitive Electoral Programme 2007 - 2011
Party for Neighbourly Love, Freedom & Diversity
Sapere Aude: PNVD now!
This electoral programme can be perused at and downloaded from:
This electoral programme has undergone a number of changes since April 2004. An overview of these changes and the earlier versions of the programme has been included at the end of this document.
[If you are wondering why the PNVD wants to participate in elections, and what our objectives are, we invite you to read our political document.]
Please note: this is not the most recent version of our programme.
Diversity is the spice of life. Everybody should have as much opportunity as possible to make decisions in favour of their own ideals. Unfortunately, many people today live and die as automatons, while there is no doubt they were born as unique persons. This happens because many people - including politicians - trim their sails according to the wind, and only few dare to think for themselves. People do not give each other the chance to think independently, while they uncritically accept existing views as the only true ones. After all, it is easier and more comfortable not to have to think independently and not to have alternative views. If, due to things getting really out of hand, a generally accepted view is seen to be wrong, a 'revolution' often takes place. Revolutions leave little room for diversified opinions, creating the danger that another opinion comes to dominate and to be accepted as the only truth, replacing the old one. This eliminates the possibility for diversity.
The PNVD advocates diversity, trying actively to bring it about. Individual differences deserve respect because they make life surprising. Diversity is given a chance when everybody gets as much freedom as possible to make their own decisions, so long as love, friendship and understanding among people is not overlooked in doing so. Greater freedom does not have to take its toll on the social tissue of society when the distance between policy makers and civilians is reduced as much as possible. Decentralization makes contact between people more personal again. More power should therefore be devolved to municipalities instead of to Europe, as is happening now. Small companies should have better opportunities for survival so that in the end we are not just left with multinationals. By promoting freedom and neighbourly love, we can ensure that people with divergent opinions are taken into account more. This stimulates the evolution of diversified ideas and considered debate. Because people are confronted with several points of view, they are encouraged to think for themselves. Hence our motto 'Sapere Aude' (from Horace), meaning approximately: dare to think for yourself.
We hope to transform all Dutch citizens into critical freethinkers who value reason and the power of arguments. It is not enough for the government just to ask people to form their own opinions. People will have to receive a larger measure of freedom to enable them to make decisions in the first place. They should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to discriminate, smoke, inject drugs, integrate, apply for jobs, et cetera. To a certain extent, this also goes for children. That's why we want to give them the freedom, from the age of twelve, to have sex, to vote, to gamble, to choose who they want to live with, and so on. A government that takes away freedoms in order to protect people is not helping them, but rather is limiting their capacity for development.
The PNVD would be happy to gain just one seat. That would allow us to ask questions in Parliament about the issues that are dear to our hearts.
We are honest, idealistic and not afraid to speak our minds. We set great store by, and fight for, freedom of speech for all. There should always be space for discussion. Taboos and dogma do not achieve anything positive: they only contribute to fear and intolerance.
Most political parties are too populist. At times, politicians seem only to want to rally as many voters as possible - not as a means, but as an end. They allow the media to determine when they can safely air controversial points of view. As a result, politicians keep their cards close to their chest, letting the media determine policy. This has to change, which is why the PNVD voices its ideals for everyone to hear. These are our twenty policy spearheads: