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New magazine intends to stimulate debate

4 April 2008 - Klasse!, a new free three-monthly publication, intends to stimulate debate among progressives. Kees Hudig, one of the initiators, says that the Dutch find it difficult to disagree yet remain on speaking terms. One article was dropped three times before a compromise was reached that was acceptable to all involved.

The idea to launch a new publication originated in the campaign against the G8 summit in Rostock. “We published a one-off newspaper which was received rather well, so we thought it might be a good idea to do something similar on a more regular basis”, says Hudig.

Last week, a campaign was launched to save another free publication, the Amsterdam Weekly. Klasse! (Class!) is different in that it is based on ‘self exploitation’, explains Hudig: its contributors all work for free. The fact that it depends on volunteers is also why a higher frequency is not realistic.

Of the first issue, 7,000 copies have been printed. The initiators have funding to print the magazine four times; within a year it will have to prove itself. In the future, gifts and fundraisers will have to pay for the printing costs.

Another crucial factor is people’s willingness to help distribute the publication. “There are hardly any left-wing distribution channels left in the Netherlands”, says Hudig. “For example, there are only three left-wing bookshops left in the entire country”. Furthermore, the initiators want to reach people who are not necessarily involved in established left-wing groups.

Klasse! intends to present different views on important issues. An example is a large article by Katrin McGauran and Hudig on the recent organising campaign among cleaners, containing both a positive and a more critical evaluation. Criticism focuses especially on the degree of grassroots involvement and democratic decision-making.

The article was dropped three times before a compromise was reached that was acceptable to all involved. The editors even had an alternative article prepared in case they needed a replacement. “The Dutch find it difficult to disagree with each other yet remain on speaking terms”, explains Hudig. “But these are important issues that need to be discussed”.

English web page on Klasse! People who would like to help distribute the paper can pick up copies at the Het Fort van Sjakoo bookshop at Jodenbreestraat 24, or contact Klasse! and have copies sent to them


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