If You’re Going to Confront Fascists, Do it Jeffrey Tucker-Style (Video)

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By FTN Editorial Team

The “Unite the Right” conference in Charlottesville touched off rounds of violence that culminated with a white supremacist, 20-year-old James Fields Jr., allegedly driving a car into a crowd and killing Heather Heyer, 32. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has referred to the matter as an act of domestic terrorism.


The tragedy should make Americans redouble their efforts against racial discrimination and political terror of every variety. This means recognizing the most effective forms of opposition. On this score, America has a lot of work to do.

In our mourning, we should realize that the tactics of the more radical antifa activists, which eyewitnesses said included acts of unprovoked violence, are the wrong way to stamp out hatred. Yet it is precisely these tactics that have been promoted to an ever-growing audience. The New York Times recently asked, apparently in earnest, “Is it O.K. to punch a Nazi?”

Of course, using violence to attain political aims is the denotative definition of terrorism irrespective of the political views it is intended to promote or suppress.

Daniel Hannan, a conservative leader and Member of European Parliament, addressed the weakening inhibition against political violence across the transatlantic sphere in a recent video.

“The difference between ‘punch a Nazi’ and shoot a Republican congressman is one of degree, not of category,” he said.

Justifying unprovoked violence to stifle a disfavored viewpoint discards moral arguments and devolves to a debate over timing and tactics. Do the ends justify any means? Is this the best way to advance our agenda?