THE BATTLE CAN’T START AND END WITH DOXXING NAZIS
POSTED SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017 | BY DYLAN JAMES HARPER
Because we’re all living in an eternal hell scape and the darkest timeline imaginable not containing some Lovecraftian monster, there have been a lot of think piece style ethical debates over whether it’s okay to harm Nazis. These are a waste of time. A second wave of think pieces weighing the ethical merits of harming Nazis, this time disguised as weighing efficacy, practicality, or optics, is crashing currently, and these are also a waste of time. However, one area that needs to be discussed further is the other recent trend of feel good “haha that Nazi got fired!” style posts that circulate after a Nazi gets doxxed.
We’ve all seen these type of posts, a Nazi gets doxxed, they end up getting fired or expelled, everyone cheers. While it can be refreshing to see those who wish to not just uphold but further white supremacy receiving some sort of consequence in what feels like the very worst incarnation of a theoretically infinite supply of possible universes featuring the United States, it’s ultimately hollow.
There are a few reasons these posts have become so eye-roll worthy to me. The first, is that, at least anecdotally, every single Nazi who gets fired seems to have some sort of minimum wage service job that’s potential for material impact on others is pretty minimal. Yeah, having a Nazi working at a hotdog stand is still the inferior choice between having him work there or not, but these aren’t the Nazis that are making the biggest impact. The ones with thousands of kids watching them on YouTube aren’t getting fired, nor are the ones who are in charge of deciding who is approved for a home loan, or even worse, who gets arrested or convicted of a felony. I’m sure there’s some Nazi in a position of power somewhere that’s been fired, but it sure feels like that’s the exception, and mostly these are just ‘haha they’re slightly poorer now” revenge posts, rather than actual anti-Nazi praxis. Which leads right into the other big problem with these posts.
Even if everyone agreed that just seeing some Nazi get fired is good wholesome fun, it’s certainly not super impactful. Yeah, maybe a few young, angry high school kids opt not to go down that path for fear of future repercussions, but I haven’t seen evidence offered to that effect. Once more, a lot of the people I have seen reacting to these seem to be people who think that this is the answer; if we can just doxx and fire enough Nazis, they’ll all just go away. When you say it out loud, hopefully it becomes obvious how ridiculous this is. The marchers in Charlottesville didn’t even bother to wear masks. The Klan needed to mask up more in the Jim Crow era than they do now. These occasional, well publicized examples of Nazis suffering some minor consequences as a result of publicly stating their reprehensible, damaging, violent views would be a lot more fun if this praxis hadn’t been co-opted by the liberal Up-Worthy style, feel good establishment. Actual solutions to the continually growing, and immensely politically-powerful Nazi movement are yet to be found among a crowd that cheers for a Nazi getting fired, but then compares them to Black Lives Matter.
This is isn’t an attempt to ruin your good time pointing and laughing; in this world where Voldemort and the Night King would be preferable super villains (because at least they both have some sort of weakness and are regarded by most as actually evil), some levity now and then is well deserved and even necessary. That levity, however, needs to remain firmly categorized as a fun pass time, not actual praxis. There isn’t even a long dark road ahead to trudge down yet, and a lot of these funny occurrences aren’t helping us to find one; instead they’re presenting diverging paths that seem well lit because they ultimately lead to a greater acceptance of the sycophantic blindness that already dominates what remains a firmly liberal and flimsy attempt at a resistance movement.
If you wanna point and laugh, point and laugh. Pay attention to who you see sharing these feel good posts though. Are they actually people that seek to oppose Nazis any way they can? Or are they just along for the good times ride and will hop off the first time you ask them to support Black Lives Matter? The difference is crucial, and encouraging people to make the distinction between solving problems, and taking joy in the suffering of those that cause them, is going to pay dividends in the long run.
Dylan James Harper is the Chief Political Editor for CSuiteMusic
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