Recently, I have seen some TV news about elections in Netherlands and how a political analyst explained about the populists recent success.
This article tells about the elections to come and touches the rise of populism issue:
In the 1980s populist parties barely got more than a few seats in parliament, whereas in 2002 the left populist SP and Fortuyn’s right populist LPF together gained more than 20%. In the latest polls Wilders’s PVV is the largest party, or at least running neck-and-neck with the Rutte’s VVD, while the SP is struggling a bit – and has become less populist. Together they are close to 30% of the vote, of which the PVV would get almost two-thirds.
On 9 December 2016, he was convicted in a hate speech trial but no penalty was imposed
Living in a developing country within EU, from Eastern Europe, Nederlands seems like a paradise. While my native countries struggles to leave the last EU place in so many aspects, Nederlands is one of the most developed countries in the world (source):
- press freedom: place 2 in EU
- economic freedom: place 7 in EU, 17 globally
- perception of corruption: 4 in EU, 8 globally
- human development: 1 in EU, 4 globally
- income equality: 11 in EU, 25 globally
- ease of doing business: 14 in EU, 28 globally
- World Happiness Report puts Netherlands on the 7th place.
- Education index places Netherlands on the 4th place.
- Social Progress index places Netherlands on the 8th place.
- State of World Liberty Index puts Netherlands on the 6th place.
All indicators seem great to me, except maybe for income equality which is rather modest within EU.
Education index is also very good and I assume that higher education is correlated with higher critical thinking.
Question: How did a very developed country become permeable to populism?