"the liberal fascism of Pim Fortuyn"
When one looks at the current state of Dutch politics, the debate has moved a lot more to the right since the days of Fortuyn, who, in retrospect can be given credit for (re-)introducing the topic of immigration in Dutch politics. Also, he addressed (in his own, admittedly, culturally charged way) the problems that arose from years of neglecting the increasing poverty rate, lack of education, and religious intolerance that had become more prevalent among second or third generation immigrants by the successive Dutch parliaments that were in power in the nineties.
Now, I do not like the current tone of the Dutch political debate concerning (muslim) immigrants/islam/ at all. Fortuyn's dim-witted heir Geert Wilders has put forth so many hurtful and downright racist comments that it shames me that many of my countrymen take the man so seriously.
Perhaps it is because the debate is becoming so increasingly xenophobic, stupid and racist that I now find myself in the position of having nostalgia for the man whose utterances I once found so alarming.
But, if I were given the option of only choosing between someone as eloquent, educated, and reasonably debatable as Pim Fortuyn, and the mewling, islam-bashing truly fascist-leaning Geert Wilders, I would choose Fortuyn any day.