What famous and popular politician of history can actually be considered a villain, if we look at the facts and ignore the popularity and propaganda?

The list is endless.And as we learn more, he becomes longer.

This is a picture of Gerrit Zalm and Boele Staal, two popular politicians, one of the VVD and one of D66.

Both also active in the banking world. Together they laugh at a joke, probably these: ‘ Do you know that of that bankrupt bank?… ‘ I come back to salmon.

This is really famous, even holy.

Comes in the second part and is my actual answer to the question.

People are not one dimensional.

We have good and worse and sometimes very bad edges.

Power is addictive and power tends to affect people in a negative sense.

The following statement is attributed to the English Lord Acton:

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power tends to corrupt absolutely.”

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” we translate it with some loss of relativation.

You see it everywhere and not only with politicians and heads of state and their entourage to family members and sycophants.For example, you see it also at the Politietop, in the banking world, film world, sports world and the churches. Everywhere you see there in the top corruption and/or abuse of power. And unfortunately it is so that ‘ the rot bet from the top ‘. In other words, if the pipeline does not dent, it will affect the entire organization.

Michael Salmon

Take such a Gerrit Zalm.At first, as finance minister, 8 years had attracted great trousers as the ultimate supervisor on our financial system. Then, with his VVD buddies De Grave and Linschoten, he joined the pappots of the flea mortgages, the purchase of policies and Wurg loans from the DSB (Dirk Scheringa Bank). That went bankrupt in 2009. And then he was pretty much the only one in the Netherlands who, as a boss at ABNAmro, managed to save profits from the financial crisis that he should have prevented as Minister of finance, or at least should have seen it arrive and limit. That is now the figure that has been the cradle of the current cabinet Rutte as a godfather (informateur).

Mark Rutte

With this formation, Salmon helped his VVD party mate Mark Rutte to successfully blackmailed the little boys (CDA, CU and D66) who were allowed to join.In order to be a minister in his cabinet, they first had to agree with his gift of one and a half billion (yearly!) to the owners of Unilever and a few other multinationals. Immediately prior to his political career, Rutte coincidentally worked at the same Unilever for ten years, where he took the people who made and sold the mayonnaise (Calv茅), frozen meals (igloo) and Frikadellen (Mora).

What makes monarchists Mighty

In ‘ Il Principe ‘ (De Vorst), Machiavelli shows how successful rulers in practice are ruthless, cruel, unreliable and self-centered.Lying, word fracture, blackmail and torture are the instruments by which princes establish, perpetuate and expand their power. Machiavelli is to detest his book though, but that is really an example of the messenger condemning the message. He described what he had seen as a diplomat with his bosses and the courts where he worked. And when we see how in the centuries after his recipes have been successfully applied, and also at this time, with Putin, Erdogan, Berlusconi, Trump, Xi and Kim as examples, you see how it works. Then such a salmon is only a small boy. But have become millionaires at the expense of the people who lost their savings and homes in the bankruptcy of DSB and the financial crisis.

And now an answer to the question.From the huge offer I choose:

Charlemagne.

Charles was undoubtedly a great monarch.

He united West Europe and promoted:

  • Education with Abbey and monastery schools;
  • Science.

Thanks to him, thousands of books have been copied and thus preserved, he also ensured that new books were written in all sorts of fields;

  • Government.
  • The feudal system with Gaue and marches, dioceses and jurisdictions was created by him to control his vast empire;

  • Religion.
  • He saw it as his duty to defend and impose Christianity on all nations in his country;

  • Architecture.
  • He built his pfalzen (including Aachen and Nijmegen) with reinforcements such as towers and castles and with religious buildings, such as chapels and churches;

    That octagonal tower-like construction work with those semicircular arch windows is the more than 30 meter high Pfaltskapel from the year 796 in Aachen.

    The chapel was built by order of Charlemagne and is now part of the Aachen Cathedral.

    And this is how that, in the 16-sided, Carolingian centraonal construction work, it looks from within.

    Thanks to Wikipedia for the pictures.

    • Legislation.

    He allowed to codify local and national laws;

  • Agriculture.
  • He promoted, among other things through the monastic orders, that farming methods were applied, which reduced the soil, enriched and thereby increased the yield (among other things the struckout: summer, Winter wheat and fallow).

    All these achievements have given him the name Charlemagne.In many Slavic languages and Turkish, the name Karel/Karl, or Carolus, is the basis of the word for King, (Kral, Krol, Korol). As Caesar became emperor, Kaiser, tsar.

    He was also big in stature.On the basis of the bones attributed to him, one comes to an approximate length of between 1m80 and more than 1m90, which I certainly was almost a cup larger than most men. But he was especially great in deeds.

    With the result that he was crowned emperor by the Pope in the year 800 and later canonized.That canonisation was then declared invalid, because the Pope, Paschalis III, belonged to the losing branch in the struggle for the papal reign. The Roman Catholic Church, however, confirmed its beatification and its feast day is 28 January.

    Not only a popular king, but even for a number of years a saint and still officially recognized as blessed by the Roman Catholic Church.Wikipedia says this about:

    Charles the Great was canonized on 29 December 1165 by Reinald van Dassel, Archbishop of Cologne, with the approval of the antipope Paschalis III.

    This holy declaration was not accepted by Pope Alexander III, which did not officially recognise his feast day (28 January). But the Curia has never objected to this canonization, and since 1176 the worship of Charlemagne as blessed in the cities of Aachen and Osnabr眉ck was previously tolerated by the Catholic Church.

    And

    Unlike in the Roman Catholic Church, the anniversary of Charlemagne was officially recognised by the Evangelical Church in Germany on 28 January: It has been included in this since the establishment of the Evangelical name calendar in 1969.

    That together makes him perhaps a bit of a B-saint, but in any case someone who serves as an example in the largest Christian church, who is honored and who is supposed to be able to serve intercession with God.

    Let’s see what we know even more about this model of Christian charity and piety.

    Charlemagne had at least eighteen children with his official wives and his seat.Of ten of these women we know the existence because they either brought a child of him in the world, or because they were described by name. With five of them he was more or less officially married. With one but one year, because soon that marriage was declared invalid because he saw a better party in the offing. Of those eighteen children, there are four or five legal children who survived.

    Charlemagne has committed hundreds of deeds in his many battles that we would now be stamping as war crimes.Deportations and executions without process were rule. The best known is the massacre of Verden.Wikipedia says this about:

    The Massacre of Verden (also blood directed by Verden) took place in the year 782 at Verden on the German river all.

    Thousands of imprisoned Saxons were beheaded during the Saxons ‘ Wars by order of Charlemagne. These Saxons had opposed the Frankish attacks on their territory. They were also hostile to attempts to convert them to Christianity. Historians disagree about the exact number of victims. Usually it is spoken of 4,500 terechtgestelden0.

    A great man, who is Charlemagne, historically of unprecedented significance for Europe and the founder of France and Germany and of Europe itself.But to our yardsticks also quite a bloodthirsty and hard moist type with a questionable marriage morality.Yet: Widely admired and even blessed and deemed sacred.

    I’m gonna throw it over the other bow, Ernesto (Che) Guevara.He was not a politician in the broad sense of the word, but he was a revolutionary activist and had a gigantic influence on the political system in Cuba.

    How often do we see people do not walk with sun shirt or sun picture.

    As if it were a model to give honor.

    “Public executions, and executions of press-and-torers, up to and including the eventual crushing of the skull with a mercy shot of a massive 0.45, fired from five passes, also public.Guevara insisted that his men let the family and friends of the executed man pass for this wall with blood, bones and brains. “

    In 1959, Guevara was appointed commander of the military prison Fort La Cabana.During his time here, he led the trial and execution of many members of the Batista regime, according to some sources, at least 500 people were the victims.

    The man joked Baptista but after much violence, and flow of blood Fidel Castro in the place, and remained close to the regime, and even then continued with his blood lust until he left Cuba to try it again elsewhere.

    And yet, one wears his head on shirts, flags and caps without knowing what they actually mean.

    The victor writes history.For instance, every popular or glorified politician is a villain somewhere. Winston Churchill bombarded Dresden. Politicians who come to power, which are as a rule popular. Even Joseph Stalin was popular, otherwise he never came to power. Mahatma Gandi who struck his wife. Mother Theresa baptized unwanted dying people.

    I don’t believe there has been a famous or popular politician ever who doesn’t have some great blemiths too.Idealism has its limitations and otherwise it is called just naivety.

    Moral judgments are little to the politics.A good politician does what he/she promises the voters. Sharply said: Wanting the voters all the Jews from the country is a “good” politician who is doing a corresponding pledge to the voter. Politics reflects the will of the people. It will be partly the case that it is possible to steer and manipulate this policy. But then this politics only makes conscious resp. To want, which in any way is “suppressed” in a people of voters.

    Every Democratic people has a public duty to think about its own malice or to contemplate its opportunism and to face it.What happens in politics is an ideal mirror for this.

    The tricky thing is that many people in history were part of a different culture, with other norms and values.If you then look at their deeds with our modern ideas about what is good and what is not, it is very easy to demonize people. It is never fair to condemn someone to something that was then normal and now no longer.

    Of course there are things that are universally good or wrong, but many people nowadays have the idea that our current set of norms and values is absolute and perfect, which is unimaginable arrogant.

    Julius Gaius Caesar is undoubtedly the most famous politician at all times and was immensely popular in his time that while his campaigns in Gallie led to the deaths of 1 million people and another 1 million people were sold as slaves.

    It is so much that I would rather turn over the question: which famous and popular politician in history is not to put away as a dead villain in any case?

    Napoleon of course.He was a warmongering fool, who prefers to conquer the whole world. That was a personal ambition for him, for which everything had to depart. He did not see all those soldiers, especially in Russia, in the dead, he did not like something to be awake.

    He did have good ideas, but you cannot wipe out the war crimes.Nowadays he would be sued in The Hague for a tribunal. Bizarre that the French honor him so far. He did not gather Jews, but he was just such a megalomaniac, nothing detest warlord like Hitler.

    There is no Dutch politician with me, but the Belgian King Leopold 2. He ran the Congo as his personljke colony and held slaves until far into the 20th century.The Congolese who were “disobedient” in his colony, the hand was cut off, or worse.

    The Belgians knew little about the crimes of their king and idolize the man as their hero and as a sweet, father figure.

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