Thursday, May 12, 2011

Geert Wilders

So, a lot of fawning over Geert since he arrived in Canada. The common refrain is that he's a hero being persecuted for simply speaking out. Yeah, no. So, read this article from a year ago. It's a fairly straightforward and informative article with regards to Geert's political outlook.

Do I want Geert banned? No, just the opposite. I want Geert to speak.  I would like it if Geert was challenged, face to face.  The opportunity has come and gone. He's a folk hero, of sorts. The only question I would have for him is this: how can you reconcile your vocal support of classical liberal (if you prefer, Western) values with a direct assault on religious freedom?

Not only does Geert have to reconcile the two ideas in a rational manner, but so do those that support him. To me, lowering our society to the standards of Saudi Arabia or Iran in order to marginalize people who risked everything to escape oppression is simply wrong. Using the power of government to squeeze out an already misunderstood group of people should be the antithesis of conservatism.

In the end, Geert is neither good or bad. He's more of a sideshow, unnoticed by the apolitical. The problem, however, is twofold. the lack of scrutiny he's getting is one. Tacit support from openly bigoted groups like the BNP is the other. The guy has tapped into a really ugly zeitgeist. It really doesn't take much to blame the mysterious other for the problems facing the world.

1 comment:

  1. I think you underestimate both his worth and his support.
    Holland is a small country, and unless new-comers adapt rather than force the Dutch to adapt to their ways, it couldcapsize in cultural terms.
    Islamists are not suitable citizens for countries one cares about.
    Have a look at http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/ and think it over. please.

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