5.1 An Overtaken Future, part of the exhibition Declaring Reason at Museum Meermanno in The Hague, Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol’s motivation
to write the pamphlet Aan het volk van Nederland is strongly based on a sense of nostalgia, fondly referring to the period of Batavian settlement.
Rudi van Delden and Jan Egbers take this as a starting point to critically address contemporary politicians nostalgia for the industrialized 1960s.
It seems that in todays political landscape, both the left and right look back on a time when the ever-increasing privatization of today was still far away
and sovereignty was considered authority rather than responsibility. The question remains as to what is left out of the picture when longing for the past
is being put to use as a political instrument? < back