Thierry Baudet

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Thierry Baudet
Thierry Baudet (2018).jpg
Baudet in 2018
Leader of Forum for Democracy
Assumed office
22 September 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Leader of Forum for Democracy in the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
23 March 2017
Chair of Forum for Democracy
In office
22 September 2016 – 17 January 2017
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Thierry Henri Philippe Baudet

(1983-01-28) 28 January 1983 (age 36)
Heemstede, Netherlands
Political partyForum for Democracy (since 2016)
ResidenceAmsterdam, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam (BA, LLM)
Leiden University (PhD)

Thierry Henri Philippe Baudet (born 28 January 1983) is a Dutch politician. He is the founder and the current political leader of the political party Forum for Democracy (FvD, Dutch: Forum voor Democratie). He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 23 March 2017.


Baudet was born in Heemstede to a family of partial French and Indonesian origin.[1]

Baudet is a eurosceptic and opposed to multiculturalism. Baudet is an advocate for a return to nation states. In 2014 he gave a speech at the Flemish nationalist event IJzerwake. He also spoke at several Vlaams Belang conferences. Baudet has stated that his conservative political convictions have been largely influenced by two events in his first year as a history undergraduate in Amsterdam: the September 11 attacks and the assassination of Pim Fortuyn.

Baudet used to have a newspaper column in NRC Handelsblad,[2] and was published in Le Monde, PressEurope and European Ideas[citation needed]. As an academic teacher and researcher Baudet focuses on questions of law, history and political philosophy through a multidisciplinary approach[citation needed]. Baudet has called himself "the most important intellectual of the Netherlands".[3][4][5]

Member of the House of Representatives[edit]

In the general election of 2017 his newly founded party won two seats in the House of Representatives, Baudet being elected alongside Theo Hiddema. The opening words of his first parliamentary speech were in Latin.[6]

Political positions and opinions[edit]

Baudet is a national conservative and eurosceptic, advocating for both Netherlands' exit from the European Union and its eventual dissolution. He is against further unskilled immigration into the Netherlands. In a speech he spoke about immigration causing a homeopathic dilution[7] and in an interview he said he prefers a dominant white and cultural Europe as it is.[8] He is opposed to Ukraine joining the European Union. Forum for Democracy set up the Dutch Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement referendum, 2016 with the GeenStijl website and the Burgercomité EU association, in which Baudet voted no.[9] In November 2016 Baudet co-signed a letter initiated by the German journalist Billy Six which requested Donald Trump to press for a new investigation regarding Flight MH17.[10]

Baudet has a strong opinion on arts, the topic of his book Oikofobie, and considers non-Western art and Western post-1900 modernism in visual arts inferior to Western Realism, encourages education and programmation of tonal music opposed to atonal music and dislikes modern post-1950 architecture. In reaction to this, Musicologist Yuri Landman warned Baudet for approaching the concept of degenerate art with his conservative criticism.[11]

Baudet frequently speaks about the perceived existence of a "party cartel", in which the main ruling parties of the country divide power among themselves and conspire towards the same goals, despite claiming to be competitors.[12] Baudet is not religious, but he is sympathetic with Christian values. In an interview, he called himself an "agnostic cultural Christian."[13]

In February 2018 Baudet was confronted with the question whether there is a relation between IQ and race in a debate with Femke Halsema. Hiddema and the number two on Baudet's party list for the Dutch municipal elections, 2018 in Amsterdam, Yernaz Ramautarsing, stated they believed it to be true while Baudet refused to answer the question. Deputy Prime Minister Kajsa Ollongren stated that Forum for Democracy is a bigger threat than the Party for Freedom and that members have an unhealthy fascination for race differences; Baudet made a complaint for defamation at an Amsterdam police station. Hiddema supported him as his advocate.[14] In a debate a few days later, he no longer refused to answer the question and mentioned he shares Ramautarsing's opinion on the subject.[15]

Baudet has been in close contact with Theodore Dalrymple,[16] wrote his PhD-thesis with Roger Scruton and Paul Cliteur and frequently visited Douglas Murray, Jeremy Rabkin and Alain Finkielkraut.[17] He has also had contact with Jared Taylor,[18] Milo Yiannopoulos, Jean-Marie Le Pen and Filip Dewinter,[19] sparking accusations of "far right" or "racist" sympathies. In response, Baudet states that he and the Forum for Democracy "stand for an open, tolerant and democratic Netherlands where people are judged by their individual qualities; not by their social class, color of skin, race, or sexual preference." [20] Baudet emphasises that it is his duty as a politician to speak with people on all sides of the political spectrum, "from left to right, from mainstream to less mainstream." [21]




  • 2010: Conservatieve Vooruitgang. De grootste denkers van de 20ste eeuw. (Conservative progress. The greatest thinkers of the 20th century) Ed. with Michiel Visser (Prometheus/Bert Bakker).
  • 2011: Revolutionair Verval en de conservatieve vooruitgang in de 18de en 19de eeuw (Revolutionary decline and conservative progress in the 18th and 19th centuries). Ed. with Michiel Visser (Prometheus/Bert Bakker).
  • 2012: Pro Europa dus tegen de EU (Pro Europe therefore against the EU) (Elsevier)
  • 2012: The Significance of Borders. Why representative government and the rule of law require nation-states. (Brill Academic Publishers). PhD Dissertation: [1]
  • 2012: De aanval op de natiestaat (The attack on the nation state) (Prometheus/Bert Bakker).
  • 2013: Oikofobie. De angst voor het eigene (Oikophobia. The fear of home) (Prometheus/Bert Bakker).
  • 2014: Thuis in de Tijd. (A home in time) Ed. with Geert Mak (Prometheus/Bert Bakker).ISBN 9789035141988
  • 2014: Van Bach tot Bernstein. Klassieke muziek voor iedereen. (From Bach to Bernstein. Classical music for everyone). With Arie Boomsma. ISBN 9789044627084
  • 2014: Voorwaardelijke liefde. Roman. (Conditional love. Novel.) Amsterdam: Prometheus/Bert Bakker, ISBN 9789044626810
  • 2017: Breek het partijkartel! De noodzaak van referenda. (Break the Partycartel. The nescessity of referendums.) Amsterdam: Prometheus/Bert Bakker, ISBN 9789044633689
  • 2018: Van elk waarheen bevrijd. Roman. (Delivered from all whereto. Novel.) Amsterdam: Prometheus/Bert Bakker, ISBN 9789044637359


  1. ^ "De genealogie van Thierry Baudet | NGV". NGV (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-07-13.
  2. ^ a b c d "Dr. T.H.Ph. (Thierry) Baudet" (in Dutch). Parlementair Documentatiecentrum (PDC), University of Leiden. 2 March 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  3. ^ Thijs Niemantsverdriet (7 March 2016). "Ze delen weinig, behalve een diepe afkeer van Europa" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 20 March 2016. dutch original "Hij noemt zichzelf zonder terughoudendheid "de belangrijkste intellectueel van Nederland". "
    English translation: He calls himself without reticence the most important intellectual of the Netherlands.
  4. ^ Joyce Roodnat (17 March 2016). "Pure woede en onversneden lust" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 20 March 2016. Dutch original "Thierry Baudet, de man die zichzelf de belangrijkste Nederlandse intellectueel noemt, "
    English translation: "Thierry Baudet, the man who calls himself the most important Dutch intellectual"
  5. ^ Henk van den Berge en Evert van Dijkhuizen (4 April 2015). "Dr. Thierry Baudet: Vlammend protest tegen islam en Europese dwang" (in Dutch). Reformatorisch Dagblad. Retrieved 20 March 2017. Dutch original "U noemt zichzelf de belangrijkste intellectueel van dit moment. Waarom zou u dat zijn? "Kun je iemand anders noemen die zo doorziet wat de problemen zijn? "
    English translation: "You call yourself the most important intellectual of this moment? Why would you be that? "Can you mention anbody else who understands what the problems are?"
  6. ^ Mudde, Cas (9 May 2017). "What populism is not". Vice News.
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  9. ^ "Ze delen weinig, behalve een diepe afkeer van Europa" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 7 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016. dutch original "De belangrijkste vertegenwoordigers van de andere groep – bovenal een 'nee' – zijn het Burgercomité EU en Forum voor Democratie van opiniemaker Thierry Baudet."
    English translation: The most important representatives of the other group, above all a no are the Civil Committee EU and the Forum for Democracy of opinion maker Thierry Baudet"
  10. ^
  11. ^ (in Dutch)
  12. ^ Joshua Chaffin (14 March 2017). "Populists seize the moment as Dutch fall out of love with EU". Financial Times.
  13. ^ (in Dutch) Thierry Baudet pleit voor herwaardering christendom,, 15 February 2017
  14. ^ Baudet aangifte small en laster (in Dutch), De Telegraaf.
  15. ^ All balloon op Baudet in Haags Amsterdams verkiezingsdebat (in Dutch), Parool.
  16. ^ Logeerpartijtje bij Theodore Dalrymple
  17. ^ Bijgepraat met Alain Finkielkraut
  18. ^ De Correspondent article (in Dutch).
  19. ^ De Correspondent article (in Dutch).
  20. ^ FVD reageert na ophef over ontmoeting.
  21. ^ Thierry Baudet: in Parijs ben ik ontzettend gelukkig

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