Distribution dutch

April 2, 2008

“The beauty of the Netherlands is nearly invisible. Because it is so flat, it is difficult to get a perspective on its contours. Because it is so built up, one has no long vistas, and there is little sense of grandeur. There are as Henry James said, no roads that lead elsewhere. Or so it seems. In reality, The Netherlands is just the end of the Rhine and a great distribution center. It also produces something: value. The ability to make money out of a reality that exists elsewhere is at the core of this country’s trading success, and it fuels the polder model.” From False Flat, [polder model = the Dutch policy of economic decision by consensus]

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