Okay okay… I guess maybe I need to explain myself. I’ve been throwing barbs at people whining about a Nazi getting punched in the face all morning.
To be honest, I am really, truly livid at everyone doing this. I honestly thought that this post would be cathartic, but it somehow only made me angrier.
I know it’s going to be hard to believe, but I am, actually, a pacifist. War scares me like you wouldn’t believe, I abhor guns with a passion (I really think they should all be banned, bar none; they had fucking muskets when the 2nd amendment was written; so you know what?… I’ll bend on allowing 18th-century muskets), and I actually do think that, in theory, violence should be a last resort.
But this is not theory.
We are not in a place where we can hold Vulcan-academic discussions about it all. This shit is not just some ivory tower discussion about something that might happen.
This shit is actually happening, in real life, right now.
Let me remind you, if I may, of who the Nazis are.
The party emerged from the German nationalist, racist and populistFreikorps paramilitary culture, which fought against the communist uprisings in post-World War I Germany. The party was created as a means to draw workers away from communism and into völkisch nationalism. Initially, Nazi political strategy focused on anti-big business, anti-bourgeois, and anti-capitalist rhetoric, although such aspects were later downplayed in order to gain the support of industrial entities, and in the 1930s the party’s focus shifted to anti-Semitic and anti-Marxist themes.
They are the party of Adolf Hitler, and with him in charge, they implemented one of the single worst instances of mass human genocide in history.
10,504,500 to 12,172,000 people were murdered in this atrocity. That is, 5.93 million Jews, 2-3 million Soviet POWs, 1.8-2 million ethnic Poles, 300K-500K Serbs, 270K disabled people, 90K-220K Romani, 80K-200K Freemasons, 20K-25K Slovenes, 5K-15K members of the LGBTQ community, 2.5K-5K Jehovah’s Witnesses, and 7K Spanish Republicans. And if you expand the list to include victims of the Nazi party outside of the Holocaust itself, an estimated 17 million to 26.3 million people were murdered.
And you’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with punching a modern-day Nazi in the face…
So let’s talk about Richard Spencer, shall we?
Richard Spencer is a noted White Supremacist and Neo-Nazi. Some of the things you need to know about him are that he was radicalized by reading Friedrich Nietzsche and Jared Taylor, he wants America to become a white ethno-centric nation, and he refuses to denounce the KKK and Adolf Hitler
You may also not know that he may be the originator of the term “alt-right”, an attempt to sugar-coat white supremacy.
The following video is the infamous video where Spencer and his fans basically treat Trump as if he is Hitler… in a good way:
In today’s day and age, Nazis aren’t building concentration camps and committing actual genocide (though let’s not pretend like it can’t happen again, please; I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the ultimate goal of Cheeto Hitler and his administration with Muslims, people of color, etc… maybe even Jews… even if they’ll have a harder time of it here). But they are still spouting the same disgusting, backwards, bigoted shit that they’ve always been. Richard Spencer has even called for a “peaceful” *snort* ethnic cleansing.
So why am I fine with punching Richard Spencer?
1. It’s the least we can do. Because of the first amendment (which I do support and so no, I don’t have a problem with this), we can’t throw him in jail, as what he has said is, indeed, protected speech; even if it is beyond hateful. I’m also against outright killing Spencer, and I’m against putting him in the hospital.
But I’m not against him feeling a sting. Since the punch didn’t harm him too bad (honestly, he might not even have a bruise), I not only don’t see the problem with it, I outright refuse to.
2. I want White Supremacists and Nazis to feel unsafe speaking their actively dangerous, violent language in public. And if you’re about to go all “slippery slope” on me, don’t bother. I’m talking about fucking Nazis. If your devotion to free speech is so strong that you have no problem with fucking Nazis having platforms and terrorizing people, then as far as I’m concerned, you are their accomplice. You may as well just join them.
White Supremacy should be socially unacceptable. Social (NOT LEGAL!) consequences for espousing White Supremacy should include extreme ostracization and some light, mild bruising, preferably in the face.
The state we’re in right now is the literal opposite, since we have a White Supremacist administration in the White House and in Congress.
So this is my final word on Richard Spencer getting punched in the face. I will not discuss or debate it anymore. I’m good with him, and all Nazis, getting punched in the face.
End of discussion.