The most part of 2011, I spent reading, researching and writing about psychology, which has been a passion of mine since more than a decade. I ended up writing approximately 50 articles on the psychology of hatred, focusing on racism and fascism.
The subject of my research was/is a Dutch political party, the Party for Freedom (PVV), which, in my opinion, is a hategroup, neo-fascist in its core and racist in its soul. The leader of the PVV is the notorious Geert Wilders, known for his global anti-Islam campaign and for his efforts to get the holy book of Islam, the Quran, banned by political decree. Wilders and some other confused entrepreneurs of hatred claim to see an abyss of (Islamic) hatred, but it seems like they ignored Nietzsche’s wisdom, “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
These so-called fighters against the luring Islamic violent world domination, these so-called forewarners of Islamic gloom and doom are so fanatic in their quest against Islam that they have become monsters themselves. They lie, cheat and distort reality to make their message of fear and their portrayal of “fascist” Islam more believable. The approach these entrepreneurs of hatred are taking and the solutions they are offering are nothing but fascist and racist in kind. Now, isn’t that irony?
In 2011, I had the support of more than 1,000 friends in the Netherlands (e.g. my hardcore twitter followers). They used to retweet my tweets so often on Twitter that I got consistently listed among the top 20 of the most influential Dutch tweeps. It was an amazing feat, because it meant that my articles were being read by thousands of people. These people, who are very vocal and take a pro-democracy and anti-fascist stance on the social networks, and the editors at the anti-fascist/anti-racism website krapuul.nl, are the ones who would stand up against tyranny and form the resistance if this war-of-words were a real war.
With the success of my articles, and with the high-profile presence on the social networks also came risks. I received 15-20 death threats and hundreds of death-wishes. The followers of the PVV started a massive hate-campaign against me, slandering my name and my businesses. They made at least 20 fake Neal profiles, they started posting embarrassing pictures with my head pasted on it. Even under the threat of lawsuits they didn’t stop. They thought they had found my weakness, not realizing that it would strengthen my resolve. Instead of caving in, my friends and I went out with guns blazing. Jointly, we have made a difference in the world of political hatred by educating and informing the masses. At least we pushed back against these hating forces. My book, Wilders’ Kampf, will be published in April 2012 (in Dutch).
Nowadays I have no direct involvement with the anti-fascist/anti-racist movement. Instead I am fully immersed in business, being part of the capitalist motor of this world. But it gives me great strength to see that my Dutch and international friends are still working, with great resolve, against the brute forces of fascism and racism. I salute and thank my friends who have been vocal against injustice.
When you check my tweets/conversations on twitter (under @nealx1) you will see who those friends are.