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Just Ask the Flemish

Terry Mattingly asks if we thought we would ever see a news story like this, the attempted Swedish government shutdown of a website for supporting the publication of the Danish cartoons and calling for readers to send in their own. The answer is, yes, of course. The Swedish government’s action is unusually extreme even for Europe, but this is the continent that brought you the banning of the Vlaams Blok, the boycott of Austria, the assassination of Pim Fortuyn, the Stalinesque hysteria about Le Pen and the trial of Nick Griffin. I will believe just about anything is possible in Europe these days, and that includes believing that there might be Europeans who will finally find the resolve to resist this sort of petty tyranny.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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