Dr. Paul Belien, the Editor-in-Chief of the excellent Brussels Journal blog, is under legal and media attack in Belgium for supposedly inspiring a skinhead murder spree. Dr. Belien is a journalist and founder of the Center for the New Europe, a free-market think tank. He is hated by the Euroleft… well, you know why: He's articulate, smart, courageous, and able to think straight.
Belien and his wife are also involved with the Flemish Block, a party that seeks secession from Imperial Europe. He is also a member of the distinguished Mont Pelerin Society, founded by Friedrich Hayek in 1947.
Sounds pretty intellectual, right?
Well, here's what happened:
Yesterday (May 12) Hans Van Themsche, an 18 year old high-school student who had just been expelled from boarding school for smoking in the dormitories, went berserk and set out on a bloody rampage in Antwerp. In the morning he shaved his head down to the neck. He put on combat boots and a black leather outfit and went to a store of sporting and hunting gear to buy a rifle. Dressed as a "Goth" he walked through town and shot at three people who crossed his path: a veiled Turkish woman, a two year old Flemish toddler on a tricycle and her black nanny, killing the latter two and seriously wounding the first.
As if that isn't bad enough, the Belgian version of the Screaming Left has decided that Dr. Belien must be responsible.
More at link:
Managerial socialism cannot deal with people as volitional beings. It can only deal with people as statistical material. If we refuse to protest against the managerial usurpation of our privacies as individuals, then we become increasingly managed by those who rely further on statistical models to further mold and fashion new and improved behaviouralist models of social control. As the sytstem grows its appetite for growth grows. It is a loss of power for the democracy at the gain to the system. Those who favor the system cannot favor the individual at the same time. One cannot manage free individuals. Paul Belien is a free individual. He might not remain so if we do not remain so. That is up to us as free individuals to decide the value of.