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Is it okay to punch Nazis? Show more Show less
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In 2016, a video of white nationalist Richard Spencer being punched in the face by an unidentified assailant went viral. As it did so, a question that was first asked in World War Two rose to the surface of public debate again: is it morally permissible to punch a Nazi? Some consider these increasingly-publicized acts of violence to be slippery slopes that endanger free speech and compromise morals, while others consider games of whack-a-fascist to be their God-given right, as well as their moral duty.

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Justification for violence must always be contextualised.
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The appropriateness of punching a Nazi is determined by actual circumstances

Because violence doesn't work in predictable ways, there is no universal answer about whether it is okay to punch a Nazi. The consequences of violence should be weighted against the distinct threat of harm posed by the specific Nazi in question. One would have to look at the circumstances of the situation, such as deciding if there is an immediate risk of supporters retaliating.
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