The Free Dutchman: Expert and in-depth commentary by Mark Alexis. I’m a formerly Dutch business owner in the United States, the country I love. I write about politics, culture and philosophy. Ever thoughtful, sensitive and unbiased, yet a fiery defender of the West.

My opinions are my own, but I take no responsibility for any grammatical or spelling errors, much less typos.


  1. Thank you kindly for your nice comment! I hope you’re enjoying (or enjoyed) the book!

  2. I’m just getting started on Andy Ngo’s book and spotted your review. Excellent review, IMHO. I’m looking forward to reading book recommendations that you may have on your site.

  3. Hi April,

    Apologies for the tardy reply! It’s a busy time of year for me.

    I haven’t updated my want-to-read list on Goodreads since I opened my account — well before Dreher’s book came out. 🙂 I’ve seen promotion for it, and will definitely check it out.

    I hope you had a good Christmas, and wish you a happy New Year! May it bring us all better tidings than the current one.


  4. Hey there Mark, I just finished reading Rod Dreher’s Live Not by Lies – and it reminded me of a point we discussed wrt Arthur Brooks book – I can’t remember whether it was your point or mine 😉
    The point was: Brooks didn’t provide much in the way of practical guidance on how to fight back or at least modulate the destructive trends unfolding in our society. The second half of Dreher’s book focuses on precisely that topic. And I was relatively impressed with what he set forth.
    From what I can recall about Brooks’ diagnosis of the situation, I feel Dreher did better on that score also. Anyhow, I thought you might find it interesting – and from your to-read queue on goodreads, it appears the book isn’t on your radar screen. I hope all is well with you – despite the….dispiriting (is there a better word?) times. April

  5. Jon, thank you so much for your kind words! It means a lot. And how I’d love to write a book! Unfortunately that is not in the cards for the foreseeable future.

  6. Hi Mark. Found you on amazon reviews. You’re a very talented writer and you should add an email sign up form on this website. Also, please write a book! Something where you answer the lackings in Arthur Brooks book on Loving our Enemies, in particular how we got here and what we can do about it would be great!

  7. Hi Mark,
    I came across your review for Pink’s “Drive” on Amazon and really liked it. I looked at your other reviews, too and was very impressed with your writing. That led me to this blog. Like you, I am an immigrant in the US also (from an Asian country). I have always aspired to become like you: a small business owner who does a lot of independent thinking and reading on the side. I spent a good part of my early life doing “thinking” in academia. Near the end of my PhD, however, I realized that thinking disconnected from doing can become corrupted, and a lot of academic research has become a number game. Since noone in my circle has started a business, I wonder if there is anyway I could get your email address so that I can ask you for advice on starting a business? Your help is not taken for granted and will be much appreciated! Thanks!

  8. Hi April! So nice to hear from you! Do let me know when you have it up! I’ll certainly give that book a hard look, and will also check out that article.

    I enjoyed our discussion too!

  9. Hi there Mark, I am just finishing Ben Cobley’s book “The Tribe”; I’m working on my review as I go,
    It just popped into my head that you might find it worthwhile. I am certain that I’d enjoy discussing it with you, in case you are inspired to read it. In any event, I wanted to let you know that I enjoyed our virtual discussion, irrespective of whether you end up reading the Cobley book.
    April (from goodreads)

    PS: Did you see the Arthur Brooks in The Atlantic a few days ago? I found it thought-provoking https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/07/work-peak-professional-decline/590650/

  10. Based on your Love Your Enemies review, I think you might enjoy my new self-help book Wise and Shine. It is a pointillist thinking manual for empathy and wisdom. It is apolitical, but in essence argues that our cognition is open to improvement. From binary thinking, to systems and beyond, I paint a somewhat vague path to follow. 🙂

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