Those who are hunting the neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville may be their unwitting allies.
The neo-Nazis rallied for a variant of a philosophy that has killed millions. Richard Spencer’s manifesto isn’t clear as to whether Jews like me should be killed, but it does affirm several essential elements of the philosophy Hitler set out in Mein Kampf, and we know where that can lead: Mein Kampf doesn’t explicitly call for mass murder either. Even on the most optimistic reading I can give Spencer’s manifesto, it gives Jews an inferior status in this country. And at least one chant during his rally at the Rotunda was against the Jews. More importantly, this country is grounded in the human mind and the inalienable rights of all persons; Spencer would replace the nation conceived in liberty with a fascist state based on race, in which people of many races would not fully belong.
Spencer’s movement must be defeated. The question is how.
Fear is the enemy of thought. And working to get people fired for expressing their views conveys a clear warning: If you are caught expressing these views, you will pay a heavy price.