Impressions of Amsterdam
After taking a week off from writing to enjoy my first foray into Europe, I’m on my way back from Amsterdam to the Caribbean.
Amsterdam has been a travel goal for quite some time because the model of social tolerance the city pioneered and has long enjoyed inspired intellectuals to flee thought control and censorship by moving there – in much the same way I’m fleeing thought control and politically correct censorship in America. What’s more, freethinking authors like John Locke inspired the Founding Fathers to try and create a similar, free society in America. I wanted to experience a city that could spark that kind of revolution in philosophy.
Obviously, things didn’t work out that way in America as the nation has morphed into a giant police state and social engineering experiment in the early 21st century. But, it was interesting to see and experience the genuine article – a city and culture that inspired various experiments in freedom and tolerance during its Golden Age. To enjoy its 17th century architecture, cobblestone streets, and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Some highlights of my journey include:
- Visiting the Royal Palace of Amsterdam to see in person the sculpture that The New Modern Man adopted as its logo. There is a reason this particular sculpture was chosen. As explained on the TNMM sidebar: The site logo is Artus Quellijn’s sculpture inside the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It depicts Justice flanked by Death and Punishment triumphing over Greed and Envy, the gods of the merchants; the unrestrained pursuit of profit poses serious threats to the soul of a nation.
- Visiting the Rijksmuseum, to take in the works of the Great Masters Rembrandt and Vermeer in person.
- Visiting the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art in Cologne, Germany to view modern art from artists like Picasso. (The museum visits were intended to supplement a theory I am working on which will advance Spengler’s theory of Faustian machine culture and explain why Anglo culture is committing suicide as it sacrifices its humanity to turn itself into a machine.)
Of course, there was some fun, too.
- Nightly drinking and awesome Dutch fries. (Although my partying wasn’t as balls out as Cartagena, Colombia because Amsterdam is a very expensive city.)
- Spending time in Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. I’ll have to admit, while it was cool it was also a bit disappointing and underwhelming. The Red Light District only encompasses a rather small area. While the prices are reasonable the chicks are average looking, for the most part. And the hos are cold fish compared to pros you’ll find in other cities.
- Visiting Amsterdam’s Museum of Prostitution. Yes, while American jurisdictions will throw you in jail for renting some sex, a highly-rated museum shows you what it’s like to work in the Red Light windows in Amsterdam.
- Browsing all the marijuana-related items for sale throughout the city. While I’m not a pothead (rare dalliances with recreational coke are better, IMO) it was interesting to see a city that’s embraced a model of recreational drug tolerance, and much to the chagrin of prudes like Jeff Sessions that attitude towards drugs will not destroy the world.
- Visiting Europe’s biggest brothel, Pascha in Cologne, Germany. It’s 7 floors of whores from all over the world. Pascha charges a modest 5€ entrance fee.
- I ended up banging a pretty Russian girl. Good times.
All in all, this was a week that once again confirmed to me both how far the West has fallen and how far gone America is down the primrose path of tyranny. Even though northern Europe wasn’t as fun as Latin America, it certainly has its own appeal and reminds us of the greatness our society once exuded.
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