Commenter ia recently directed my attention towards Theo van Gogh’s movie ’05/06′ on the murder of Pim Fortuyn, the infamous Dutch politician. But before we delve into Pim’s death, let’s discuss his life.
For those unfamiliar with Pim Fortuyn: he was a gay politician who was headed for prime ministership of the Netherlands. I can not overstate his quirky brilliance. For one, Fortuyn was an actual rightist politician who addressed issues of immigration, Islam and cultural destruction… In 2002! We are talking 4 years before Wilders even founded his party! For another, Fortuyn had incredible charisma. Think a more mature Milo who was determined to be minister-president. Like Milo, Fortuyn was openly gay which naturally irked leftists to no end. Wherever Pim went, he turned heads. He had this idiosyncratic debating style which simply grabbed your attention. Great cadence. Also great zingers. Like, he’d tell a woman to ‘just do some cooking instead’ and get away with it. On the topic of immigration and Islam I believe the following monologue by Pim will be well appreciated:
I will not change my opinion, dear people, it is 5 minutes before twelve. Not just here in Holland. but in the whole of Europe. And is that what you want? I take my stand for this country, that which has been build up in the last five or six centuries. Damn it, we have a fifth column… Okay, let me tell you now straight the way it is! A fifth column of people who want to destroy this country! I will not go for that, and I say, “you can stay here, but you must adapt.” I must hear “Allah is great”, that I am a “dirty pig”… you are a “Christian dog”. That is what they say, and you think that is okay… And I have so far been very reserved. I have never repeated that… but you accept being walked over, and I will not let that happen anymore. And that’s where I get all those seats from (in the polls). Because this country is fed up! … C’est ça! That is what I stand for. And if I must express that otherwise, well, fine… but it is about your children, your grandchildren. For what else is this about? Must I explain more here? I can not do it any other way, and will not do it any other way. Then I would rather be finished off. Okay, fine… but the problem sir, will remain. That will remain. People have had more than enough of it. Damn it, in my city, Moroccan boys, Turkish boys… who do not rob the Turks, the Moroccans, but rob you and me and little old ladies. And the police? What they do? Damn it… nothing. They tell you: “If you say that, you discriminate”. And that is what I express from the Dutch people. And I stand for it, I stand for it. Is that not allowed? Okay, I respect that. C’est ça!
For fans of Isaac Asimov’s the Foundation: Fortuyn was an absolute mule, an anomaly in the system. Here we were in throes of the EU, globalisation and further opening of the borders, and suddenly this -popular!- politician shows up and goes against it all. Of course he was demonised by the media and the political establishment, who pretty much called him everything they call Trump nowadays (‘racist’ and ‘extreme-right’ were favorites). He addressed his demonisation just 2 months before his death: “If something happens to me, they are responsible. They may not have literally pulled the trigger, but they created this climate. This demonisation has to stop!’
Then, shortly before the elections, Pim Fortuyn was shot to death by a leftist…