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Old 01-03-2019, 08:02 AM
 
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I’m not sure an Economist article and personal anecdotes are proof positive that US Dutch across the board are more conservative than European ones today - whether morally, socially, or politically.

There may have been a large segment that emigrated who strived to maintain some native cultural traits and practices in order to keep a sense identity, even as they assimilated and became Americans. But many groups do this to varying degrees.

Adding to my half-serious anecdote, I’ve noticed more rural/suburban folks in the countries I’ve visited tended to be more conservative than city folks. This included Belgium, with another liberal-leaning government and supposedly an equally liberal populace. The main dividing issue there, as related by a local suburbanite, was more due to behaviors of specific immigrant groups. I personally did not experience or sense any hostility.

Again, not sure how valid the OP is in today’s evolving NL and European social and political landscapes.
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Old Today, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Crappyville,PA
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Great question by the OP. Where I live in central Pennsylvania, there are plenty of Amish and Mennonites of Dutch/German decent. They are very conservative, I find the Amish more authentic in there beliefs and good natured, the Mennonites more self righteous and full of themselves. I have been to Amsterdam and wow, there is nothing in common between them. People there were very open and friendly.
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