I did try to punch him. And he was a Nazi. I moved on him like a bitch, but I couldn't get there. And he was a Nazi. Then all of a sudden I see him, and now he's got big shinny jackboots and everything. He's changed his whole look. And I've got to get some brass knuckles in case I start punching him. You know, I'm automatically attracted to punching Nazis. It's like a magnate. I just punch. I don't even wait. And when you're a Godwhacker they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything. ~ GW
This my favorite question of the week. When is punching Nazis OK?
Even The New York Times is asking "Is it O.K. to punch a Nazi?" So to get to the bottom of this complex and nuanced moral question, we let two half-Jews -- Katie Goldin and Aaron Kheifets -- duke it out in a public forum to decide once and for all whether or not it's OK to punch a Nazi.
Katie: I just want to begin by going on the record that I don't like Nazis. In fact, I'm against Nazis and all they stand for. I like that about me.
Aaron: And I'd like to get out of the way that I don't condone violence to achieve political ends. I'm a really, really good guy who believes in following the rules and telling people what a good guy he is.
K: But at the same time ...
A: Yes, at the same time ...
K: You want to punch Nazis in the face, and I don't.
A: Look, there are basically only two unquestionably good wars: When we killed people because they wanted to own slaves, and when we killed people because they wanted to holocaust everybody. If we look at history (or, for me, recall movies that are loosely based in history), we see that doing violence against Nazis specifically is an unquestionably a good thing. Are you suggesting we should be less like Indiana Jones?
The only reason to be against punching Nazis is if you're worried that it will erode our democracy and freedom of speech. You're thinking "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a socialist." But what you're forgetting is that the "they" in that poem are the fucking Nazis! There's no need for a slippery slope. You can punch slave owners and you can punch Nazis. They get special dispensation to be punched. Like how Native Americans are allowed to run casinos. There's a history to keep in mind.
K: I'm actually not that concerned about the Nazi's free speech. As far as I'm concerned, we'd be better off if Nazis were never listened to again and Pepe the Frog got flattened like a tube of toothpaste under an 18-wheeler. But that's not what's happening.
Poor Richard Spencer, he did Nazi this coming!
This is the part where someone (you troll?) usually chimes in on how we cannot fight hate with hate. Fuck that gaslighting bullshit. Intolerance of intolerance is not intolerant. Comparing resistance to hate and violence with self-initiated hate and violence is nothing but a shallow attempt to equate the victims with the oppressors.
Nazis be afraid. Be very afraid.