In its March 4 & 5 edition, Le Soir gives the floor to Bart De Wever about wokism. It is not surprising that he would say bad things about it. I will not enter into that debate here, but I will ask the question that will make me look like a good, caring citizen: has the cordon sanitaire been broken? One thing is certain:
- Either Le Soir considers that De Wever should not be pigeonholed on the extreme right of the spectrum. He would « only » be a Flemish nationalist who had not crossed the red line. But who decides to draw the red line, and where? We are indeed in a grey area here, as in most cases;
- or Le Soir has untied the cordon sanitaire, and there…
… all bets are off: will the antifas, always combative and vigilant, rush to their keyboards to accuse the major French-language daily newspaper of indulging in « confusionism », complacency towards the (extreme?) right, and breaking the cordon sanitaire?* Will a member of the MR (or, this time, of another party) call for the abolition of public subsidies for Evening? Everyone will have understood that the chances of the first case are low, and the second, zero. It’s so much easier and safer to go after Kairos , isn’t it? Plus, it pays off socially and politically!
Now that we are apparently out of hard covidism, it’s time to settle the score. According to my interpretation, the attacks that Kairos has been undergoing recently do not stem so much from the fact that it sometimes gives voice to right-wing individuals (or those considered as such by the doxa), as from its relentless denunciation of hygienist authoritarianism for 2 years. He must pay for his crime of lèse-public ! His anti-covidism is a moral stain! (but was indeed a moral task). However, what happened next proved him right. For who today can honestly and convincingly defend the record of the Wilmès and De Croo governments in 2020–22? They would have saved us from an extremely important and serious epidemic, really? It is so much more comfortable to repress this duty of recent memory… and to fall on the saddle of Kairos, perfect scapegoat. Nothing new under the sun. Are you the ones talking about progress, ladies and gentlemen?
*I ask innocently because I don’t subscribe to any « asocial » network.