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Is it Okay to Punch a Communist?

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Welcome to yet another installment in the literary genre called, “But wait . . . if you take the word ‘white’ out of that sentence and replace it with the word ‘black,’ wouldn’t it be . . . racist, according to you?

When Richard Spencer was infamously sucker-punched on the street on the way home from attending Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Internet was soon awash with articles gleefully asking, “Is it okay to punch a Nazi?” Richard Spencer did not attend this event after tweeting messages to his followers about how he planned to go in and come back carrying a hundred severed liberal heads. He wasn’t even there to promote his own ideas or activities – he was simply attending the inauguration when someone recognized him by his distinctive haircut. Celebratory memes cropped up which replayed the attack on an endless loop. Visit an institution of degenerate millennial culture (but I repeat myself . . .) like OKCupid, and in the “What do you do on a Friday night?” category you’ll find answers suggesting that what many liberals spend their entire week looking forward to is getting off on Friday so they can spend hours watching those videos without distraction.

So the meme asks, “Is it okay to punch a Nazi?”

Of course, Richard Spencer is not literally a Nazi; this didn’t happen in Germany, Hitler is long dead, and it’s been a long time since 1945. In fact, in the moments leading up to the punch, Richard Spencer was on camera for an impromptu interview explaining both that he did not identify as a neo-Nazi, and that the people who do identify as neo-Nazis hate him.

So what does it mean to ask if it’s okay to punch “a Nazi,” when the term has obviously outlived its literal meaning?

First and foremost, Richard Spencer is considered to be “a Nazi” because he subscribes to hereditarianism. Wikipedia defines hereditarianism as “the doctrine or school of thought that heredity plays a significant role in determining human nature and character traits, such as intelligence and personality. Hereditarians believe in the power of genetics to explain human character traits and solve human social and political problems.” Never mind that according to this definition, mainstream science is unanimous that its claims are true! This is the definition of “Nazi” that shortly thereafter allowed the very same people to describe a homosexual Jew who claims to exclusively date black guys as “a Nazi.” And it was then just moments later that the same group of people forced out a college speaker – Charles Murray – who is a serious academic and who has devoted his career to proving that heredity plays a significant role in determining human nature and character traits, and discussing its implications.

The idea is supposed to go something like this: first, the Nazis were evil. They committed horrible atrocities, and left a dark stain on human history.

Second, the Nazis were hereditarians.

From these two points alone, sheer guilt by association is supposed to render all further discussion of the truth or falsity of hereditarianism impossible. By this outlook, the cancer that is the hereditarian conviction must be treated aggressively, lest the Nazi atrocities be inevitably repeated. There are those who dispute that the atrocities the Nazis actually committed were as horrible as is often claimed. These people are usually called Holocaust “deniers,” but a proper reading of their works will reveal that even the most extreme among them still grant that at least some Jews and others were treated quite brutally.

So where does this argument go wrong?

First of all, to argue that eugenics or hereditarianism were the source of the brutalities committed by the Nazis ignores the fact that hereditarianism has been the norm throughout most of human history. All the way back in 378 BC, Plato’s dialogue between Socrates and Glaucon in The Republic goes as follows:

Socrates: I see that you have hunting dogs and quite a flock of noble fighting birds at home. Have you noticed anything about their mating and breeding?

Glaucon: Like what?

Socrates: In the first place, although they’re all noble, aren’t there some that are the best and prove themselves to be so?

Glaucon: There are.

Socrates: Do you breed them all alike, or do you try to breed from the best as much as possible?

Glaucon: I try to breed from the best. . . .

Socrates: And do you think that if they weren’t bred in this way, your stock of birds and dogs would get much worse?

Glaucon: I do.

Socrates: What about the horses and other animals? Are things any different with them?

Glaucon: It would be strange if they were.

And then Socrates says:

Dear me! If this also holds true of human beings, our need for excellent rulers is indeed extreme. . . . It follows from our previous agreements, first, that the best men must have sex with the best women as frequently as possible, while the opposite is true of the most inferior men and women, and second, that if our herd is to be of the highest possible quality, the former’s offspring must be reared but not the latter’s. And this must all be brought about without being noticed by anyone except the rulers, so that our herd of guardians remains as free from dissension as possible. . . . And among other prizes and rewards, the young men who are good in war or other things must be given permission to have sex with the women more often, since this will also be a good pretext for having them father as many of the children as possible.

To modern ears, this may sound like hardcore fascist eugenicism. In fact, this is one of the most celebrated and influential thinkers of the entire Western philosophical tradition, more than 2,300 years before the rise of Nazi Germany.

Furthermore, even eugenics policies had been in place around the world – including in the United States – for years, before Nazism arose in one of them. There is an essay titled “Eugenics and the Third Reich” which explains that Hitler opposed the Jews “because he held them responsible for World War I,” which “had nothing to do with eugenics”; that the German euthanasia program was instituted for economic and practical reasons “which bore no relation to eugenics”; and that the German sterilization program “could in no sense be characterized as perverse, savage, or (most importantly for my argument) unusual for its time.”

So while Nazi Germany did have some eugenics policies, and while the Nazis were hereditarians, neither of these things can be, in any sense, what made the Nazis unique.

So what about Communists?

The reasoning of those who claim that the Nazis were hereditarians goes as follows: hereditarianism is Nazism, and Nazism was brutal, therefore “Nazis” should be preemptively punched in the streets even before they’ve actually contemplated so much as forcefully touching another human being.

If we apply this same logic to Communism, we would say this: the Communists were blank-slate environmentalists about human nature. Therefore, blank-slate environmentalism is Communism, and we should call anyone who leans too close to a blank-slate environmentalist understanding of human nature a Communist, whether they identify as one or not – even if they actively disavow the label.

And Communism was brutal.

Professor Rudy Rummel was the author of twenty-four scholarly books on collective violence, war, and other deaths inflicted by governments which earned him numerous awards and accolades. According to his estimates, the total number of people killed worldwide by governments throughout history is around two hundred twelve million. Of these, Communist regimes murdered around one hundred forty-eight million. That’s almost seventy-percent of the worldwide historical total of all known deaths ever caused by governments.

The total number of deaths estimated to have been caused by Hitler is just under twenty-one million. In contrast, the total number of deaths estimated to have been caused by Mao in China alone stands at nearly seventy-seven million. That is already well over three times as many. It’s more than fifty-five million additional deaths. And that’s before adding in any other Communist dictatorships. Stalin alone murdered almost twice as many as Hitler: around forty-three million.

Clearly, if it is justified to peg hereditarianism as the cause of Nazism and treat all hereditarians as if they would cause or deserve blame for the atrocities of Nazi Germany, then that goes several times over for blank-slate environmentalists, considering that Communism involved such assumptions about human nature in the same way that Nazism involved hereditarian assumptions. And collectively, it was Communists – not hereditarians of any form – who were responsible for the vast majority of worldwide deaths by government atrocity in human history.

So why doesn’t society treat college kids wearing Che Guevara T-shirts the same way it treats one wearing a swastika shirt? Why doesn’t it treat college professors who downplay the atrocities committed by Marxist regimes the same way it treats “Holocaust deniers”? Why is it willing to grant the assumption that even if those college kids, or professors, are deeply misguided, they are still at heart good, decent people – even if they are promoting a misguided ideal? Why is everyone so aware that the mainstream estimate is that up to six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust that articles about the Holocaust are literally among the top results when typing the generic phrase “six million” into a search – and no one even has any idea what the estimates of those killed by any Communist leader or regime are? And now that it’s a member of the antifa who is at the center of a famous “punching” incident – someone who showed up claiming to want to come back with “one hundred scalps,” someone who is part of a group that sells posters advocating violence against government agencies – why aren’t we having the same conversation about punching “Communists” that we recently had about punching “Nazis”?

Suddenly, the mainstream media has a moral compass which says that regardless of a person’s ideology, punching them when they haven’t yet initiated physical violence against anyone else is unfair. And suddenly, even trying to have any of these broader discussions about history and ideology are merely seen as a distraction from that basic injustice. Isn’t the mainstream media’s ethical stance admirable?

 

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8 Comments

  1. Oleron
    Posted April 20, 2017 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    Ahhhhhh, it is good to be called a nazi, but it is better to be called a super-nazi. I have attained that distinction, and I am not even a nazi. Oh, those hurtful words, and looks (just kidding, wanted to poke fun at dindus).

  2. Right_On
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    Re “Why doesn’t society treat college kids wearing Che Guevara T-shirts the same way it treats one wearing a swastika shirt?” :
    Back in the day when Che posters were popular on students’ bedsit walls, I always thought: “If I lived in a society in which this bastard held the reins of power, I’d either be sent to a re-education camp or executed on the spot.”

    • Proofreader
      Posted May 2, 2017 at 2:29 am | Permalink

      Leftists apparently find the following race realist remarks of Che Guevara in The Motorcycle Diaries embarrassing:

      “The blacks, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese. And the two ancient races have now begun a hard life together, fraught with bickering and squabbles. Discrimination and poverty unite them in the daily fight for survival but their different ways of approaching life separate them completely: the black is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations.”

      In other words, Blacks have low time preferences relative to Whites.

  3. Old Bullion
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    “Is it Okay to Punch a Communist?”

    Is it okay? Hell it’s REQUIRED!

  4. Michael Woodbridge
    Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    When as a student back in the late 1960’s I was described as a “Fascist” it was well understood by everyone concerned that the term wasn’t meant literally. Had I been born a little later I would no doubt have been described as a “Racist”. Now it would seem, from the Richard Spencer experience, that the current nomenclature is “Nazi”. What does it really matter what we call ourselves or what others call us just so long as it identifies us as the implacable opponents of the system which is trying to destroy us?

  5. Old Bullion
    Posted April 18, 2017 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Look this up on youtube: Paddy Tarleton – The Ballad Of Raunch-Vag Rosie It’s about the bitch who got bopped in the Battle of Berkeley by Nathan Damigo.

  6. Nick
    Posted April 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I have hated Marxist Feminist women for so long that I haven’t bothered dating in years. Even relatively normal women are indoctrinated enough to be unpleasant to date or have relationships with. I would have thought that I would have relished one of them being struck like this. But coming into the views of the Alt-Right over the past year, I just find the imagines and gifs of this incident to do be really sad. It is encouraging that more young women are coming out against the culture that produced the damaged woman that Nathan Domingo struck in Berkley.

    • Michael Bell
      Posted April 19, 2017 at 6:47 am | Permalink

      Women are by nature sponges for whatever the establishment belief system is. If you live in a society that embraces liberal ideals, most women will lean liberal. If you lived in Nazi Germany, most women would be Nazis. If you lived in a society that encourages people to believe in an aristocracy of reptilians that use Earth as a gold-mining facility, most women would believe this.

      It’s the nature of women to do whatever society tells them is socially acceptable. It’s an evolutionary thing. Nature tells her that this is necessary to ensure that she can bear healthy offspring and have them taken care of. Therefore we need to make do with the women we have, as none of them will be muh perfect Aryan princess. I’m not saying to be okay with a slut who has slept with nonwhites, but rather, be willing to tolerate a woman with some liberal tendencies. It’s in her nature to have them, at least until we totally change the culture.

      As for the dread-locked whore that got piston-fisted……free helicopter ride

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