I hear you that you believe that some ideas are so terrible that people who hold them should be violently attacked. But I’m very, very happy to live in a society where such actions are illegal. In a liberal society we have to come to agreements about when and why we use violence to solve problems. I think it would be pretty awful to live in a society where it’s okay to sucker-punch people if their ideas are very upsetting to you.
Right, did that. I think those situations are so different from the act of sucker-punching a lone white supremacist as to be apples and oranges.
Again, you shouldn’t misrepresent my argument. I’m only saying that violence against a non-violent individual, no matter how stupid their ideas are, is wrong. There is a place between sucker-punching people on the street and giving those people national forums.
You are an advocate for violence to solve the problem of bad ideas. As an advocate for violence to solve the problem of white supremacist ideas, the burden is yours to first demonstrate that the threat of white supremacists is real and imminent and that unilaterally engaging in violence against non-violent white supremacists will actually make the world safer.
Let me be clear, though: If someone has a neo-nazi gang in their neighborhood and that gang is targeting people, I’m all for violence to stop them. In that case, I’m all LET’S GO, VIOLENCE, LET’S GO!