While reading the reactions to ‘The Geert Wildres case’, I have been saddened, dismayed and disheartened….
Because so many people who – in principle -think they support Freedom of Speech are critical of supporting of Geert Wilders in particular!
I have read criticism in many places, to the effect that if we ‘want to fight for Freedom of Speech’, we ‘should find a better poster-boy’….
People who express these sentiments are missing the point!!!
Let’s go back to basic human psychology…
Whom does a bully pick on first???
The successful bully will first pick on the strongest opponent who does not have allies ready to come to his/her defense!
This is a very basic psychological principle, taught to us both in school (if one were inclined to study psychology or anthropology/sociology or even history or business skills) and also in fiction – good fiction (including ‘science fiction’ and ‘historical novels’, ‘where’ most good ‘fiction’ writer are). From Waltari to Card, from Čapek to Asimov. The lesson is clear. One would expect that most intelligent people would have learned it by now…
It is precisely because Geert Wilders is not likable, it is precisely because he is on the fringes of society, that he is one of the ‘first lines of victims’ of this new form of totalitarianism which hides its ugly face beneath a pretense of ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘accommodation’. Not aware of his new totalitarianism? Please, look around! (Or read Kathy Shaidle’s book, ‘Tyrany of the Nice’.)
More and more government regulation of our information streams…
Add to this the growing debts by ‘Western’ governments – and the reality of who holds the bonds on these debts….
Include the Western obsession with the intentionally manipulated ‘Global Warming‘ agenda – with the billions paid in ‘carbon indulgencies’ by European countries…. (Along with unsupportable social systems, do you think sucking billions out of the European economies could have played a tiny role in the economic meltdown?)
And, last but not least, these latest ‘economic bailout packages’ with ‘strings attached’ give governments way too much control over industries (not that the European countries have not been racing down this road already…). Whenever big business and big governments get all nice and cozy with each other, the rest of us need to worry.
This little peek around should dispel any last doubts that ALL our governments are steadily moving down the road towards totalitarianism….perhaps a little slower in Canada and the US than in Europe, but, slow and steady….
But, back to my main point:
Totalitarian governments are always bullies – it’s part of the definition. That is why they follow classical bully-psychology: beat up the biggest guy nobody will come and help because he’s a jerk. When they want to establish – set a precedent – that they have the power to control something, totalitarian governments will pick on their strongest opponent who is least likable. Once the precedent is set, they can then pick on their other opponents, one at a time. Please, notice the pattern!
When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.
Have we really forgotten the lesson?
For those who have, or who have failed to learn it, let me say it once again: IT’S NOT ABOUT GEERT WILDERS. IT’S ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH – AND ABOUT POLITICIANS USURPING THE POWER TO SILENCE US.
Don’t let them. Please!