Bigotry in Central Europe

Here’s a post form Reflections on European Democracy that I’ve been meaning to link to for a while.

What I am saying is that the rants of people like Kaczyński, Marcinkiewicz, Lepper, and others against communists and gays are nothing new. They form a direct line with the authoritarian independent pre-war republics and with the communist regimes. The Soviets hated “deviance” of any kind, be it Jewish, gay, handicapped or dissident, because their mere existence spoiled the official myth of (socialist) perfection. Pre-war nationalists and their present ideological heirs hate it for the very same reason.