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springbock Senior Member • Posts: 2,263
Re: igb,

bobn2 wrote:

René Schuster wrote:

igb wrote:

Could you expand on what you consider a "normal" right winger
and,while you're at it, a "normal" left winger or even a "normal"
person.

well, what I would call a "normal" right winger doesn´t have forum
nick names like "Do the World a favour, kill a leftist" or "leftists
= traitors, Liberals are STILL vermin, Liberals are vermin",
"Hysterical leftwing global warmers must DIE", etc.
Don´t know about the US but over here (Germany) this is a little too
much; we have seen 70 years ago where these ideas can lead to, if not
stopped at an early stage.

The obviously extreme and lunatic don't pose a problem.

In Canada we have hate crime laws. Freedom of speech is only protected if it doesn't generate hatred towards another group of people.

Even the
National Socialists took care not to appear too extreme and
threatening (except of course to those they'd chosen to label as the
enemy) as they rose. Modern fascists are more subtle still. They need
to be, because normal reasonable people are put off by that kind of
extremism.

I don't think that most 1930's German citizens were unreasonable or extremists. We all know how one person with a demented hateful attitude along with being a military and political genius can persuade and force a population to behave in a way they may not would have under a different influence. Granted this is an extreme example, but hatred can manifest and propagate if left unchecked.

However, normal people can become quite unreasonable and
dangerous if given a credible scapegoat to blame all their woes on.
As igb suggests, its the ideas that need to be exposed. By banning
the peddlers of the ideas, you simply give them a grievance they can
exploit to their own ends.

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