It would be good to do something fresh on Wilders, but no time so here is something I wrote last year.
Yeah – like Bob, I think that rights – such as the right to free expression – need to be considered in their concrete context. And like Brett and David T, I think the government needs to base its decision on the generally applicable standard of combatting hatred. And this should be in such a way that it poses no obstacle to people who are merely political opponents – it should pose no obstacle socialists, for example, as feared by David Semple. In other words – I would prefer to have to scrutinise my government, than fight off yet another hater.
I think that fighting with haters can hone our societal ability to deal with haters. But for the people on the receiving end of the hatred, dealing with haters is far from recreational.
Besides, I think we have enough to be going along with with our homegrown demagogues.