A few questions for the author, or anyone else who wants to chime in:
- Would you agree that much of this ideology that you ascribe to the Nazis was actually not original? That is, this mixture of racist beliefs existed centuries before the founding of the Nazi party in many nations?
- If the answer to #1 is yes, can you understand that many people have no interest in calling groups who hold these beliefs Nazis?
- You mention that the alt-right(“Nazis”) currently have the systematic protection by the police. Do you think you have adequately researched this to be sure that this is the case? Is it possible you are biased or looking too much at anecdotal evidence?
4. Do you think it’s possible that antifascist violence can cause white supremacist to gain sympathy and popularity in the public?
5. If no, would you agree that ideologically compromised antifascists, that is those believing in anarchism or communism, could be considered so dangerous that many groups will ally with authoritarian/white supremacist groups to stop these antifascists? (And maybe that’s exactly what happened in the Weimar Republic?)
6. Would you agree that communism is approximately as evil as “Nazi” regimes? You show a Soviet sniper team in your photos when you could have chosen Charles DeGaulle or someone else. You dedicate your essay to the people who fought under Stalin on the Eastern Front. If no, how would you approximate the evil of communism compared to the Nazis?
7. You mention the 10–80–10 rule. Why do you believe this?(I realize this might be a metaphor, but I’m hearing you out).
8. Are you sure it is that easy to determine who is a Nazi and who is a conservative? Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore believes homosexuality should be illegal and Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress. In your opinion, is he a conservative or a Nazi?
9. You mention that there is no effective counter speech to Nazis when it passes a certain threshold. How do you feel about ignoring Nazi speech in that threshold?
10. Have you attempted to look at the data on what pro-Nazi attitudes have existed over the last 70 years? If pro-Nazi attitudes have not increased recently would you reevaluate your outlook at all?
11. You mention that there are risks and potential benefits to society related to punching Nazis. You then move into the metaphor of anti-fascism (which includes punching Nazis, right?) being a fever which keeps you alive. How do you know this metaphor is appropriate? Perhaps initiating political violence is always wrong? Perhaps the risks of punching Nazis are just too great?
11. You mention one risk of political violence is a civil war. However would you agree that another risk is potentially stifling positive and worthy speech, as people are afraid make valuable contributions out of fear of intimidation?