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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It's déjà vu all over again

Bruce Bawer via LGF, today:

The other day, in the wake of my City Journal piece “Heirs to Fortuyn?”, a couple of anti-jihad writers who had not yet rebuked me for my stance on Vlaams Belang finally got around to doing so. Not only did they send me e-mails taking me to task for criticizing VB in that article; one of them also took it upon himself to chew me out for, in his view, admiring Pim Fortuyn too much and Geert Wilders too little. (Never mind that I’ve defended Wilders frequently and that Wilders has blurbed my new book, Surrender.) Wilders, this individual felt compelled to lecture me, is a far greater figure than Fortuyn ever was. Why? Because, he explained, Wilders stands for “Western values,” while Fortuyn stood only for – get ready for this – “Dutch libertinism.”

Yes, “Dutch libertinism.” The words took my breath away. During the last few days (while, as it happened, I was visiting Amsterdam) I haven’t been able to get them out of my mind. For a self-styled anti-jihadist – who, by the way, I first met three years ago at the Pim Fortuyn Memorial Conference in The Hague – to refer in this way to a man who sacrificed his life for human liberty is, in my view, not only incomprehensible but profoundly despicable. This is, after all, precisely the sort of language that Dutch Muslim leaders hurled at Fortuyn during his lifetime. And in the present case the words were plainly aimed not only at Fortuyn but at me – a writer who, like Fortuyn, that great martyr for freedom, is gay.

What the hell, one is entitled to wonder, is going on here? Why has Vlaams Belang, of all things, become a veritable sacred cow for so many anti-jihadist writers? And why does at least one of them now take such a staggeringly contemptuous view of Pim Fortuyn? I can’t honestly say that I understand any of it. But I do know this: when writers who represent themselves as champions of liberty start cozying up to distinctly illiberal parties like Vlaams Belang – and when one of those supposed champions of liberty starts to sound uncomfortably like the Islamist enemies of freedom whom he purports to despise – then there’s something terribly wrong, and genuinely evil, afoot.


LGF Watch, more than three years ago:

Shorter Paul Belien

"The only possible alternative to Islamo-fascism is Christo-fascism."

This piece of lunatic drivel scores extra-high on the Irony-Meter thanks to this bit in its last paragraph:

We have seen the assassinations of Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh


Pim Fortuyn was a proud, promiscuous homosexual.

Theo van Gogh despised all religions, and was an ardent admirer of Fortuyn.

But according to Bible-bashers like Belien and his fascist friends, secularism, abortion and "hedonism" (a code word for sexual tolerance) are destroying Europe and paving the way for an Islamist takeover.

I don't think either van Gogh or Fortuyn would agree.


(note: Paul Belien is the publisher of the Brussels Journal, and has close ties to Vlaams Belang.)

More (from us, of course) on Vlaams Belang

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bawer and Johnson are arguably more dangerous than kooks like Spencer, Geller, and assorted other fringe-righters.

They're trying (successfully) to lend sophistication to a very dangerous and hateful ideology.

Stop this nonsense of patting Charles Johnson on the back every time he calls a clown a clown (cf. Glenn Beck). The clowns are much less dangerous. No one, for example, takes neo-Nazis seriously anymore.

Maybe you should put a little more effort in and point out the internal inconsistencies of Charles Johnson and Bruce Bawer taking up the causes of gay rights, secularism, "rationalism", liberalism, and tolerance while holding a worldview that unquestionably (though unintentionally) draws from Nazi racial ideology and historic antisemitic caricatures and stereotypes.

Or at least call Chuckles out on all the garbage he churns out on foreign policy, Islam, Western Muslims, etc etc etc

Just a suggestion.

Anonymous said...

The anti-jihadist theatre of the absurd [Guardian - CiF]

FGFM said...

I love the circular firing squads much as the next guy, but I have to agree with anon here. Charles is a smart guy who realizes that he's in the minority and has to distance himself from the fringe if he wants to get invited back on CNN. This while Bawer champions the late Pim Fortuyn, who was as progressive as Ernst Röhm.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous {

Or at least call Chuckles out on all the garbage he churns out on foreign policy, Islam, Western Muslims, etc etc etc

}

Poor Chuckles. No longer considered right-wing by any of his former associates, but not yet accepted on the left either, because he still doesn't support Hamas. It must suck to be Chuck.

Lex, Agent of Chaos said...

I don't know, I've been thinking that the Gov/Geller/Spencer Axis is far worse. Just my humble opinion.

Lex, Agent of Chaos said...

Wow, having been a fan of Bawer's earlier works, I am surprised at his recent writings. Egads. As well as his new book. Hmmm....

V said...

"but not yet accepted on the left either, because he still doesn't support Hamas.See, if we were Charles, we'd ban you for making up shit like that.

Anonymous said...

"Maybe you should put a little more effort in and point out the internal inconsistencies of Charles Johnson and Bruce Bawer taking up the causes of gay rights, secularism, "rationalism", liberalism, and tolerance while holding a worldview that unquestionably (though unintentionally) draws from Nazi racial ideology and historic antisemitic caricatures and stereotypes."

How is Charles' worldview "unquestionably" drawing from nazi racial ideology? Wow, just because someone says something doesn't mean they don't have to prove their points. What's really interesting is the accusation that Charles is an anti-semite...that's a new one. I thought he was a Zionist tool.

V said...

I can't speak for Anon@10:33, but a close reading of his/her comment reveals a belief that the LGF crowd -- however unintentionally -- draws on the methodology of historic racial ideology of the Third Reich variety. You don't need to look very far on pre-2009 LGF to find plenty of evidence to support a claim that many, if not most, lizards believe that Arabs and especially Muslim Arabs, and above all Palestinians, are Untermenschen.

Lex, Agent of Chaos said...

V--yes, the change has been rather sudden and seemingly embarrassing to Charles. He seems to want the past to disappear. I can say from experience (hehhehheh) that it just isn't going to go "poof" especially as the head of a big blog like LGF. He should just make a post stating these things and get it over with instead of skirting around the issue by posting constantly against creationists and kicking out strident anti-Muslim posters--but I doubt he will.