[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Before we get rolling let's get the dull, pedantic, bullshit out of the way. Legally we already know it's not okay to punch anyone apart from in self defense or when someone is in imminent danger e.t.c e.t.c. Okay? Good.

Following the dreadful events at the recent 'alt right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia the question as to whether or not it's morally okay to punch a 'Nazi' has come up again and I'm not going to lie, I had to have a think about this one. I mean, sure, there's always going to be a part of me that thinks "Take that, Adolf" but there's another part which wonders about freedom of speech. After all, I've already done a video on how I perceive the most ardent ANTIFA supporters to be little more than tinpot fascists so how can I get behind the idea that it's morally okay to punch someone for their words?

First I tried to think about the folks claiming this is little more than people carrying out violent attacks on those who are peacefully practicing their right to free speech. I get that, I truly do. You shouldn't hit people for excersising their right to freedom of speech, for their opinions, or their ideas. Then I realised many of the people saying this sort of thing would punch me square on the nose if I called their mother a whore or their beautiful child an ugly, inbred, fuckwit. Hmmm.

Then I realised many of the people saying this sort of thing would punch me square on the nose if I called their mother a whore or their beautiful child an ugly, inbred, fuckwit. Hmmm.

I guess it's about content here then. And if we're truly honest, white supremacists go far beyond the usual ignorant racism we see around us, from all sides. And before anyone starts getting pissy and whiny there's plenty of anti-white racism too. Ignorance is ignorance and no single race owns it. These people advocate the destruction of people, they advocate the removal of people from their homes, their eradication. These people step far over the line of free speech into advocating the end of another race in their homeland. That's a pretty fucking big line to step over. So while they have a right, currently, to say such things should they be immune from the consequences?

Again, I'm not supporting violence. It's against the law and if you commit a violent act you should be punished however the law sees fit. That's just how it is. But by the same token I'll most likely enjoy watching yet another Waffen Wannabe picking his dumb fucking teeth up off the floor after they've been knocked out by someome I'd probably disagree with anyway.

 

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