in the Netherlands and other European countries, the political elite understands that there are frictions between an ever more assertive Muslim population and an ever more resentful “native” working class, but that, with the usual careless confidence of Big Government, it had concluded that the answer to this problem was to police and constrain public discourse within ever narrower bounds. (…)
And, although Mr. Wilders is invariably described as “far right,” how “far” he is depends on where you’re standing: A poll last month found his party tied for first place in Dutch affections.
In other words, this court is explictly attempting to criminalize the political opinions of a large swath of the Dutch electorate.
I’ll be speaking at a pro-Wilders rally here in Toronto on January 20. It will be streamed live online. Details to follow.
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