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Why America roxx

Europeans.

My European cousins.

We practice ACTUAL LIBERALISM. This involves the lack of silly hate speech or hate crimes mumbojumbo, a twofold separation of church and state, and actual pluralism. Our wayward bastard-half-cousins across the pond don’t get it:

A Dutch court has ordered prosecutors to put a right-wing politician on trial for making anti-Islamic statements.

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders made a controversial film last year equating Islam with violence and has likened the Koran to Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

“In a democratic system, hate speech is considered so serious that it is in the general interest to… draw a clear line,” the court in Amsterdam said.

Actually, in a “democratic system,” YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of other citizens. And neither making a fool of oneself or appealing to the fogeys who believe this kind of stuff hurts anybody. This is the harm principle, one of the basic tenets of liberal democracy. How can one of the few countries that has realized marijuana is not the cause of all social ills be so illiberal when it comes to free speech, something which, unlike toking, ACTUALLY MATTERS?

Yglesias takes a more pragmatic approach:

Wilders is a boor and a bit of an idiot, but while I understand that this sort of thing happens on the continent it invariably strikes me as incredibly stupid. This isn’t going to end anti-Muslim sentiment in the Netherlands, and it’s not going to help Dutch Muslims assimilate into European society. What’s more, this actually fuels the notion that the existence of a substantial Muslim population in your country is an intolerable threat to liberty. There are a lot of dimensions of social policy along which I think we can learn a lot from northern Europe, but the robust tradition of free speech in the United States is something we can and should be very proud of.

Practically, and ethically, this is not the right thing to do. The library I’m writing this in contains Mein Kampf, the Qu’ran, and everything in between. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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