I mean, yeah. Fuck nazis. That's easy.
But some of my friends are becoming hysterical and their positions border on saying that it's probably fine to crack someone's skull if they're nazi. It's a little unnerving. Not that I'd feel sorry for them.
And then there's the question of whether a demonstration where the nazis are carrying assault weapons strays from protected free speech into incitement. The Supreme Court confirmed the right of nazis to gather in public, even in the middle of a largely Jewish community, in National Socialist Party of America v. Skokie. But the Court didn't consider the implications of them doing it while brandishing big ass guns.
This is something different, something more. And I think we may be about to see more of it. And what if next time it's a group that doesn't already look like the 2nd Amendment demonstrators we've come to know? You know what I mean.
Moreover, the “threat” posed by Nazis marching in Illinois, while symbolic and terrifying, especially in a town of Holocaust survivors, was not the threat that we are coming to your town with the power to kill you. Second Amendment enthusiasts will tell you that they don’t intend to deliver any message of this sort when they parade with semi-automatic weapons. Their message is merely that guns are outstanding.
Finally, there's what I consider to be a side-issue that's become intertwined with all that, the removal of Confederate statues. It's suddenly an even bigger deal than it has been over the last few years. The Charlottesville mess was borne of the removal of a statue. Now there are more removals, even one performed illegally by a small mob, and calls for removals. Some southerners see them as monuments to southern heritage more important than the obvious connection to slavery. Others see them as despicable, to be destroyed and never seen again.
I think some good third options have been put forward, like "conceptualizing" the statues in ways that honor more aspects of the history, or removing them to museums.
I'm interested to see what Topiates think about all this...
Edited by Sidestreet, 17 August 2017 - 06:00 AM.