Powerline introduces us to the hip new Euro thing, “anti-Fascist Fascists“:
On October 7, Filip Dewinter, a prominent Flemish politician, was scheduled to participate in a debate at the University of Ghent. The issue was to be cooperation between Flanders and the Netherlands. Dewinter is a member of a party that favors the separation of Flanders from Belgium. Separation would be accomplished non-violently, as occurred when Czechoslovakia separated into two Republics.
Prior to the debate, the Rector of the university announced that Geert Wilders, a member of the Dutch parliament who had also been invited, would not be allowed to participate. Wilders is a libertarian-conservative, a staunch defender of free speech, and a critic of Islam to the extent that it conflicts with freedom. Because of his criticism of Islam, he frequently receives death threats. The Rector said that Wilders would not be welcome because his safety could not be guaranteed.
Neither, it turned out, could Dewinter’s. Left-wing students (300 of them according to one estimate) calling themselves anti-fascists blocked his entrance. Dewinter refused to be intimidated and attempted to enter the building. A brawl ensued. The police eventually broke it up, but the debate was cancelled.
Just a case of the euphemistically named “heckler’s veto” going a touch too far?
Attempting to silence those you disagree with politically by shouting them down or denying them access to the traditional arenas of public discourse signals the death knell for any Democracy worthy of the name. The solution for political speech you do not like is more political speech, and not the adopting of a morally self-righteous attitude that justifies intimidation and violence.
You do not separate yourself from the Brownshirts of history by acting just like them. It’s as if they would be fine with a new Kristalnacht as long as it was leftist in inspiration.