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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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They made their choice to be hateful so they must accept the consequences
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It is not up for outsiders to judge resistance movements

We (as observers) will never know the full extent of the harm caused by Neo-Nazis and other hateful groups. Morally policing the actions of a group is a further act of opression that works to de-legitimize their struggle and give the illusion that there is some kind of shared culpability, when a group is actually acting in defence.
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