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Like any freedom-loving person, I’m awfully glad that there are groups such as the ACLU around to defend unpopular causes — say, American Nazis on parade.Emphasis on awfully.
Because while such work is important, it’s essentially theoretically important. I am not losing any sleep over a lack of Nazis on parade. On the whole I am more on the side of the actress Mara Wilson, who on Twitter is Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson. I am more on the side of Woody Guthrie, who scrawled in large letters on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists.”
Parade the Nazis if you will, but punch one in the nose and you won’t find me writing an angry letter to the editor.
These days you will find a surprising number of people from a political class I don’t recall being vocally upset about the quashing of free speech when civil rights protesters were being beat up by police or anti-war students were having the plugs pulled on their PA’s who claim that we live in an era of unprecedented clamp-down on freedom of expression by a supposedly politically correct cabal of progressives.
Whereas this is first …
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