If it’s all right to “punch a Nazi,”1 can it ever be wrong to hospitalize or bury a Stalinist?
An interesting little tidbit came to my attention recently.2 Go ahead and read it here, then watch the video. I’ll still be here when you’re done.
Done? Good. Now what did you just see? No, no; it wasn’t just conservative, what some have taken to calling “cuckservative,” cowardice. Also, no, you didn’t just see someone destroying someone else’s property. Oh, sure, the left would try to paint it that way because, well, mere property crimes don’t call for violence3 and, given that property is theft in the first place4, it shouldn’t even be considered a crime. Naturally, all right-thinking5 people understand this.6
Unfortunately, however they’d like us to see it, that was not primarily a property crime, those broken College Republican signs. Neither was the incident where Professor Allison Stanger, of Middlebury College, was sent to the hospital and put in a neck brace a simple case of battery.7 And then there was Stranger Things actor, David Harbour, at the FAG awards8, approving of punching people in the face to shut them up and calling for more of the same.9 That’s not just inciting people to crimes of violence. Neither was it merely that when Berkeley middle school teacher and well known anti-free speech fascist, middle school teacher, and moral love child of Joseph Goebbels and Dolores Ibarruri, Yvette Falarca, insisted that Milo Yiannopoulos did not have the right to free speech, even as she approved of the violent riots that denied him that right.10
And that’s really the important crime on offer. It’s not damaging property that really counts, here; it’s the suppression of free political speech. The physical assault and battery of Professor Stanger wasn’t just about her and Charles Murray; it was much more an attempt to spread fear of speaking freely to far and near. David Harbour isn’t just inciting to violence from the safe perch of a stage; no, over and above his disgusting virtue signaling, nauseating moral preening, and filthy self-aggrandizement, he’s trying to terrorize into silence – rather, to get others to terrorize into silence – anyone who doesn’t agree with him and his. No need to belabor the point with Falarca and the anti-Milo riots, except to wonder why no one has yet put the tyrant bitch in the hospital or the morgue. O Tempora; o mores!11
In any case, that’s the real and really important crime, the attempted subversion through private action of the 1st Amendment’s right to free speech. One may, of course, argue that the 1st only protects one from governmental infringements on free speech. That’s true, as far as it goes. However, there are some nuances. Milo’s right to free speech is protected from government suppression. Falarca’s and Harbour’s incitements to violence are not necessarily protected speech, and, should we find that they’re inciting imminent violence, they can and should be put on trial for them. Then there is Section 1983,12 which may make liable to suit certain left-wing politicians who have refused to allow local law enforcement to protect constitutional rights.13
Title 18, USC 241, would appear to cover private action, at least if a conspiracy was involved, and carries up to ten years being made non-anal retentive by Bubba the Biker.14 Note that this is distinct from the rioting charge, carrying similar penalties, and under which some 214 of the Inauguration Day rioters have been indicted. There is, however a nuance to Section 241 that I am not sure will cover the problem, at least usually.
However, there doesn’t appear to be a single source law that fully protects individuals’ exercise of their rights from private action. I suggest strongly that there ought to be, and soon…and with horrifying mandatory penalties. Moreover, I think the lefties ought to get on board with this. No, I don’t expect it as a matter of principle on their part. I learned long ago that few of them are capable of principle, any more than they are of friendship if contrary politics is involved. No, they ought get on board with it because if there is no or insufficient legal remedy or protection, the right will cast off limiting itself to legal remedies or hopes for legal protection. And we’re a lot better at it – at mass, organized, ruthless violence – than they are.
To illustrate why you ought to, lefties, follow along with this very brief lesson. This is what suppression of free speech looks like:
It ends in places like this:
And, to take a leaf from the title of Gauleiter Falarca’s organization, the right will do anything necessary, to include this:
to stop it.
You see, Martin Niemoeller got it all wrong.15 They didn’t go for the Communists first, and then the socialists and the trade unionists, then the Jews, and then him. No, first they went for the guns or, rather, liberal social democratic Weimar went for the guns. That made things easier for the Nazis, who then went after free speech, when it couldn’t be defended. Then they could go after the Jews and the rest with impunity.
In closing, let us consider Goethe’s words: “Be the anvil or the hammer.” Friends, if and when it comes to it, be the hammer.
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1 Of course, as all right thinking people know, the Nazis were actually moderates so it is all right to punch moderates since they’re just Nazis. Anyone to the right of Lenin is a Nazi. For that matter, Lenin, who wasn’t as far left as Stalin, was probably a Nazi, too. Anyone who believes in the US Constitution is a Nazi. The Russians are Nazis. Every German who isn’t antifa is a Nazi. All Israelis are also Nazis, except insofar as they may be working to help Hamas and the PLO drive Israel into the sea. Nazis, I’m tellin’ ya; they’re just everywhere! And, also of course, just about everyone is “literally Hitler,” of late.
2 Hat tip, Thales
3 I disagree, of course
4 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What is Property?
5 By which, of course, I mean crazed, sociopathic, leftist maniacs.
6 You do know I am joking there, right?
7 http://www.addisonindependent.com/201703middlebury-college-professor-injured-protesters-she-escorted-controversial-speaker. Hat tip, Vox Day.
8 Okay, it was really Screen Actors Guild, not Film Actors Guild, but I am a minor fan of Southpark.
9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07-VvcsrUIE. Incidentally, at a purely emotional level I kind of approve of punching my homey, Richard Spencer, in the face, if only for his idiocies and appalling sense of public relations, but as someone who took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” I’ve got to say it’s a dangerous road that puts us on.
10 http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/02/14/berkeley-teacher-in-the-spotlight-after-condoning-violent-uc-berkeley-protest/. Note that this twat’s organization is entitled, By Any Means Necessary. Funny how they never realize that that can go both ways.
11 Still, give it some time; I figure her days walking around are numbered. When the last of those days arrives, I doubt she will understand the whys of it.
13 A way to look at Section 1983 is that action and inaction can be the same thing, that State action that would be unconstitutional cannot be permitted to flourish by the state’s inaction, hence encouragement, either.
Tom Kratman is a retired infantry lieutenant colonel, recovering attorney, and science fiction and military fiction writer. His latest novel, The Rods and the Axe, is available from Amazon.com for $9.99 for the Kindle version, or $25 for the hardback. A political refugee and defector from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, he makes his home in Blacksburg, Virginia. He holds the non-exclusive military and foreign affairs portfolio for EveryJoe. Tom’s books can be ordered through baen.com.
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