May 21, 2002


Going Dutch: Pim Fortuyn's legacy pushed the center-right into power in the Netherlands. Now what? (Sasha Polakow-Suransky, 5.16.02, The American Prospect)
Fortuyn's assassination on May 6 prompted many to reconsider their criticisms of his politics. Fortuyn was certainly no angel, and parts of his political platform closely resembled the harsh anti-immigration and anti-Islamic rhetoric of far-right parties throughout Europe. He even acknowledged in a BBC interview that although he did not see himself as a racist, the word might accurately describe many of his supporters. "So what?" Fortuyn said. "Why they vote for me is irrelevant, but if they do they're in safe hands."

If you had a party that was basically a cult of personality with elements of racism added in, and you subtract the personality, what's left? Posted by Orrin Judd at May 21, 2002 1:03 PM
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