Last Saturday was a day of blood and terror in Charlottesville, Virginia. A Neo-Nazi rally intended to ‘Unite the Right’ devolved into a chaotic series of brawls in the streets, and a young fascist killed a 32-year old woman named Heather Heyer by running her over with a vehicle, no different from the tactics of ISIS.
Today, Twitter is putting itself back together by revealing the identities of those involved, exposing them to the public eye.
When it comes to Neo-Nazis chanting “blood and soil” and taking to the streets with torches, shields and bats, doxing (revealing information about them online) is potentially a seriously effective way to undermine Nazism. Think of it this way: you’re a young person online who is sympathetic to the alt-right. You oppose the left in all its forms, and are moving deeper and deeper into reactionary philosophy, to the point where ‘race realism’ and Nazism seem like the views that most align with your own.
Now, you see people who have attended a Neo-Nazi rally, screaming blood murder with tiki torches in their hands, and they have been exposed, shamed publicly, and fired from their jobs. After seeing that, a young person drifting toward Nazism is likely to begin back-pedaling.
There are categories of beliefs that reflect the role of free speech in a free society. Extremely far-right speech is protected, and that should not change if we wish to continue to live in a free society. There is great irony in those who are most skeptical of law enforcement now asking law enforcement to legislate speech, especially in a time when pro-Palestinian activism is being criminalized in the state of New York.
However, if someone professes Nazi sympathies, there are other consequences besides the rule of law to deal with them. If such a person gets fired, or loses friends, or is otherwise ejected from civilized society and left to deal with the consequences of their behavior, that is totally uncontroversial. Such a person is surely not employable, in the same vein as a person who would support child trafficking or genocide.
The ACLU has held the line for decades – the government will not prosecute you for fascist speech, but you are not entitled to retain a job and a social life. This citizen activism is a great way of curbing any alt-right kids from making the transition to full fascism.
The face of hate in America, at the time of this article, is Peter Cvjetanovic.
This sensitive, thoughtful young man is a student at the University of Nevada-Reno. Should he be dismissed from the college? Well, think of it this way: the intention of a university education, if it has any value whatsoever, is to teach young people about the dangers of fascism and ideological possession. The goal of the university is to make young people unlikely to become National Socialists.
Cvjetanovic, in embracing the heart of darkness, has betrayed the mission of university itself, the soul of what college should stand for. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to consider him unworthy of an education in the humanities.
Another paragon of the white race apparently works at a hot dog stand, Center Street Top Dog in Berkeley, California. He has been fired.
NY Daily News journalist Shaun King is looking for other white supremacists who committed crimes at the rally on Charlottesville this Saturday. He is crowdsourcing the effort to Twitter, to locate this red-bearded villain, a man who beat and bloodied Deandre Harris, a 20-year old aspiring rapper who was there to protest white supremacy.
Anyone willing to show up to a Neo-Nazi event and chant their hatred in broad daylight and by tiki-torch is asking for an audience. In the free market of ideas, that audience has responded exactly how it should – by casting light upon the darkness, and trying to purify the shadows through sunlight.