Monday, January 23, 2017
The Internet Asks: Is It Okay to Punch a Nazi?
As you may know, Richard Spencer is one of the leaders of the so-called alt-right movement in the United States. The one who gave it its name.
He claims he is not a neo-nazi, but he is a white supremacist.
Shortly after Donald Trump's victory he was caught on video whipping his supporters into giving him the Nazi salute, after he screamed "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!!!"
And now he's back in the news after being punched in the face while attending Trump's inauguration.
And as the New York Times reports, that has the internet asking: "Is it OK to punch a Nazi?"
And I must admit I'm conflicted. On the one hand I hate Nazis, my grandfathers who fought them taught me that when I was a boy.
On the other hand I hate violence, and strongly disapprove of sucker punches. Or for that matter punching anyone in the street no matter how much you despise them.
I didn't always feel that way. When I was an angry teenager I got into a lot of fights with skinheads, anti-gay bigots, and other fascist scum. And we probably spilled enough blood to fill a bath tub.
Until Sébastien, who also knew violence, of the military kind, came along to restrain me, and convince me that violence is a dead end.
And that this is the road to victory...
The power of massive peaceful protest, like the amazing Women's March.
And the birth of a mighty progressive movement.
One that will sweep people like Richard Spence into the garbage can of history, along with his Fuhrer...
Still when I read of the foul bigotry of some of Trump's supporters.
I feel really angry again, and have to spend about half an hour pounding a punching bag and pretending it's a Nazi, or a Trumpanzee.
Signs like this one make me laugh...
And I'm having the hardest time trying to decide which musical meme I like best.
Will it be Bruce Springsteen?
Or will it be New Order?
The left needs to stop taking a spoon to a knife fight.
But is it OK to punch a Nazi?
Help me, I'm confused...