Roger L. Simon

Fortuyn's Day

Pieter Dorsman has an excellent homage to Pim Fortuyn over on Pajamas. It’s been five years since the Dutch political figure was murdered by an environmental activist.

Events were of course more important, but more than any other individual I can think of, Fortuyn inspired me to question beliefs I had held for decades. He was a true radical and progressive, not the stodgy and predictable bourgeois variety I had become with so many in my generation. I remember back in the sixties we used to say “Question everything.” But indeed we… I… had been questioning nothing. Then this gay libertarian fop appeared in Holland and challenged all my ideas. His death at the hands of a deranged nitwit was tragic, but his life continues to inspire.