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Geert Wilders in the NY Times

Very surprising, the NY Times has published an op-ed essay written by Geert Wilders, the anti-immigrant leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Posted in International

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  1. It’s not surprising. It’s a common pre-emptive move.

    Liberal publications make it a point to run a small selection of conservative op-eds or news pieces critical of Democrats. These are, of course, completely outweighed by the paper’s hundreds of liberal pieces.

    But, when criticized for liberal bias, the paper can point to those pieces and say “See, we publish conservative ideas/investigate alleged wrongdoing by Democrats.”


    November 20, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    • The novelty sems to be the fact that Geert Wilders is not your average cuckservative, but rather a “right-wing extremist”.

      Count Dracula

      November 20, 2015 at 3:10 pm

  2. Lion, it pains me to say this, but all your posts these days are 100% politics.

    I know that no one and no thing is immune to prole drift, but come on– give the people more society/class posts. Or at least some photographs!


    November 20, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    • I do miss the photo essays and I’d like some music video reviews too, please. I think the last one was Katy Perry’s “Roar” and that’s two or three years old.


      November 20, 2015 at 3:36 pm

  3. It’s truly unbelieveable that any European statesman now in favor of national sovereignty, border security and cultural pride is now branded as a “far right extremist”. Just a half century ago leaders like Wilders and LePen would be as mainstream as they come.


    November 20, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    • In the sixties (i.e. half a century ago), LePen was involved with a music company publishing Nazi marches, and supporting candidates who collaborated with the Nazis. Wilders wasn’t around.


      November 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

  4. Wilders writes in an overly rational, factual style in an era where juicing up your message with emotionally polarizing turns of phrase a la Stewart, Krugman, Sailer is the way to go.

    Your average NYT reader sees an old-fashioned word like “sovereignty” and her eyes glaze over.


    November 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

  5. What’s going on here? The NYTimes also published a piece by Houllebecq.

    Also look at the NYTimes selected comments on the Wilders piece. Many are definitely right wing:

    “Both Western Europe and the US have fallen under the tyranny of the new fascists – the liberal left. Through their dominance in academia and the media, this group has indoctrinated enough people in the last 5 decades to now be firmly in power. It is this group that now wants to bring about the demise of western civilization through multiculturalism and mass immigration from the 3rd world into western societies. Thanks to mass immigration, both western Europe and the US are now basket cases with little to no unity among the disparate groups, and still this group continues to blindly call for more immigration. Anyone who opposes this view is immediately labeled a racist or a hater, no discussion necessary. If that’s not fascism I don’t know what is.

    For western societies to survive, reason must prevail. Logical, thinking people must stand up and fight for our right to free speech, and to stop this suicidal mission by the left to destroy the civil societies that we’ve shed plenty of blood to finally arrive at in the last 500 years. I wish Mr. Wilders and his fellow thinking citizens luck in establishing Swiss style democracy in the Netherlands, which is also what we urgently need right here in the US.”

    This seems really weird for the NYTimes.

    A few conspiracy theories that I can think of:

    1. Some young NYTimes writers have become convinced of HBD, and have enough influence to get these pieces through.

    2. Carlos Slim (who owns the NYTimes) was somehow personally effected by the Paris attacks or is scared of ISIS taking over Lebanon, so he’s created a top-down push for more material critical of Islam.

    3. The NYTimes writers are liberals who are realizing that the radical left has gotten out of hand.


    November 21, 2015 at 2:39 am

    • All 3 are plausible. I’d say #3 is most likely (Mickey Kaus is a liberal that wants immigration restriction).


      November 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      • It’s also vaguely possible that seeing Paris get blown up has finally scared some liberals into coming to their senses. But I’m not holding my breath.


        November 21, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    • I suspect that they are are genuinely afraid of nationalists winning elections and try to defuse the threat by partly copying their opponents’ platform. This is like Clinton’s tactic of triangulation.


      November 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

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