Essayist Rob Riemen, director of Nexus Institute, is accused of misquoting Dutch writer Menno ter Braak by Martin Bosma of populist Party for Freedom PVV. Riemen claims that both in his book De eeuwige terugkeer van het fascisme (The eternal comeback of fascism) and in his Lowlands Uni speech this is not the case.
According to Bosma, Ter Braak wrote about fascism in his essay ‘Het nationaal-socialisme als rancuneleer (1937)/ National Socialism as resentment doctrine: “They are not really interested in solutions because they need social wrongs to be able to keep up the swearing”, and “that’s what they really are experts in: cursing and hating. They have not one positive idea, the only thing they want is indulging the resentment.”
Riemen used that quote in his speech at Lowlands Festival, but also quoted: “A political movement that is constantly angry is growing now, and it stirs up the anger and aggression in society.”
Bosma and party member Beertema say that ‘academic fraud’ was again committed at Tilburg University. According to them Ter Braak’s quotes “seem to be created to put the Party for Freedom in a bad light”. The member of parliament asked Education minister Marja van Bijsterveldt questions about it.
In response to Univers Riemen says: “The quotes are accurate. In my book I summarize 20 pages of Ter Braak to write an adequate essay. I never claimed that my book is scientific – it’s an essay. Martin Bosma is a true fascist, this it is pure grudge, these are lies. Moreover, it is projection. Bosma himself is regularly accused of misquoting.”