Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere.”
And one of those people is the President of the United States.
Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulos, who most people in the anti-fascist movement consider to be a fascist because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric, was driven out of Berkeley by protesters who engaged in violence that made it too dangerous for him to appear. This was three days after the Quebec mosque massacre. And you know what? I don’t feel bad about it at all. Yes, property damage is bad. But people damage is worse. People like this asshole Milo, they find impressionable young people like Alexandre Bissonnette. They pour hate into those impressionable young brains, and that hate comes out, and that hate kills. Six people, in the case of Bissonnette.
Do I like the black bloc idiots in Berkeley? Nope. They went beyond what was necessary to scare the crap out of the fascists, and engaged in some wanton destruction just for the sake of wanton destruction. But am I upset that they prevented at least one fascist from pouring his daily ration of hate into the minds of impressionable young people? No. Fuck no. Letting fascists speak without opposition normalizes fascism, makes fascist speech and fascist thought seem like any other speech and thought. And we already know what the end result of that is. It’s dead bodies. Whether six dead bodies in a Quebec mosque, or over 6 million dead bodies in Nazi ovens. Fascists should never be allowed to speak unopposed, should always be denigrated and condemned at every opportunity, and should always be treated with the same contempt as the mass murderers that they were inspired by and that they inspire. Nobody who’s got any sense admires Adolf Hitler, after all. You know why? Because nobody can get up and extol the virtues of Adolf Hitler in a public place unopposed. If all the news shows and all the politicians’ speeches were about how great Hitler was, do you think he would be treated with such contempt? No? Well. You get the point then. Talking about atrocity as if it were normal normalizes atrocity. Which we should never do. Period.
– Badtux the un-normalized Penguin