Warren Ellis, On Whether Nazis Should Be Punched In The Face, Or Not
Do you subscribe to Warren Ellis' newsletter? You probably should. Because you get treated with gems such as the following take on the debate on whether it is acceptable, or not, to punch a Nazi in the face in the street, if he or she is not actually literally causing you harm at the time.
Nick Spencer, writer of the current Captain America comic says not. Lots of other people, such as Kate Leth, the writer of Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, have a different take.
I understand there's been some confusion online as to whether it's ever right to punch a Nazi in the face. There is a compelling argument that all speech is equal and we should trust to the discourse to reveal these ideas for what they are and confidently expect them to be denounced and crushed out by the mechanisms of democracy and freedom.
All I can tell you is, from my perspective as an old English socialist and cultural liberal who is probably way to the woolly left from most of you and actually has a medal for services to free speech — yes, it is always correct to punch Nazis. They lost the right to not be punched in the face when they started spouting genocidal ideologies that in living memory killed millions upon millions of people. And anyone who stands up and respectfully applauds their perfect right to say these things should probably also be punched, because they are clearly surplus to human requirements. Nazis do not need a hug. Nazis do not need to be indulged. Their world doesn't get better until you've been removed from it. Your false equivalences mean nothing. Their agenda is always, always, extermination. Nazis need a punch in the face.
(And the argument that such assaults allow Nazis to get more attention doesn't work so well when they were already going live on a national television network, because this is where we are now. This is how normalised their presence in our culture is.)
Glad we got that cleared up.