Tuesday, August 29, 2017
So, Once Again, Is It OK to Punch a Nazi?
Two days ago a small group of anti-fascists or antifa attacked a larger crowd of right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley, California.
And triggered that old question again: is it OK to punch a Nazi?
And now Martin Patriquin, after seeing that and what happened in Quebec City recently.
Jumps into the fray with this answer:
It may be a pleasure to watch an alt-right/neo-Nazi like Richard Spencer getting punched.
But please don't do it, because it only makes things worse.
Delighting in such moments is entirely natural. The sudden mainstreaming of white supremacy is as shocking as it is disheartening, so there is a certain catharsis in watching one of its leaders get the spit knocked out of him. Still, much like a sugar high, delighting in such moments is ultimately bad for one’s health — for more than one reason.
It makes our side look bad he says, and makes the Nazis more powerful.
Though immediately satisfying, the punch made Spencer look like a victim to his myriad followers. And what do self-professed victims do? They come back stronger, louder and with renewed purpose.
But while I can understand where Patriquin is coming from. And I'm not big on fighting fascists by throwing chairs at police...
I also feel like this...
And I think it's important to remind everyone that while Donald Trump may like to compare the Nazis to the antifa, while acting like a Nazi himself...
There is no equivalence.
In truth, there is no symmetry between either “alt-right” and either “antifa” or “alt-left.” Antifa is the backlash to the backlash, a defensive response to the growing presence of right-wing extremism.
Over the decade ending in 2016, estimates of the percentage of politically motivated killings committed by right-wing extremists range from 73 to 92 percent, according to the conservative Daily Caller. Despite the spurious rhetoric of equivalency, supporters of antifa have, to date, killed no one.
And that when Nazis are on the march they must be confronted...
In the name of all our heroes who died fighting them.
And so they can clearly understand that we will not intimidated, and that they will not win.
And what happens next depends on them. If they want violence then that's what they should get.
But since they are few and we are many, I much prefer to see what happened in Vancouver recently.
When about twenty neo-Nazis tried to stage a rally and were met by 4,500 peaceful demonstrators...
Who sent the fascist scum scuttling back to the Roach Motel they came from.
And of course Patriquin is definitely right about one thing, tubas are good too...
Long live our people.
Long live The Resistance...