Dutch Parliamentary Elections The Return of the Bourgeoisie

As the Netherlands prepares to vote, it's worth remembering that the nation's odd brand of right-wing populism grew out of 1960s radicalism. Dutch demagogues want to resist intolerant Muslims in the name of traditional Dutch liberty -- while denouncing traditional Dutch tolerance as elitist propaganda. This paradox may not survive.
Von Ian Buruma
Job Cohen, left, is more popular in the Netherlands than the right-wing populist Geert Wilders, though Wilders' party is set for a bounce on June 9.

Job Cohen, left, is more popular in the Netherlands than the right-wing populist Geert Wilders, though Wilders' party is set for a bounce on June 9.

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