I was in Europe earlier this year visiting a friend of mine in Frankfurt, Germany. We spent a week or so touring the Czech Republic. (He’s closer to a Social Democrat than anything else, and we agree on most economics issues. As for politics… Don’t ask, don’t tell.)
On my last day in Frankfurt, I rushed off to the train station, and on my way had to go under a bridge. Someone apparently had the presence of mind to spraypaint these two messages on it: “Kein Fussbreit Den Fascisten”, and “ANTIFA Is Watching You”.
The first message translated means: No room for the Fascists. But the second message is to me the most worrying. I don’t really find the idea of any group watching me to be terribly comfortable. And certainly not a group of people who have a history for being violent radicals.
When people are scared into expressing their opinion, that isn’t the sign of a free society. When people must live in fear of letting their political opinion be heard, that too is not the sign of a free society. When a group of people make it their mission to punish people of a fringe movement, that isn’t called “protection”, that’s called discrimination.
Anti-Fascists and their thugs deserve the same sort of contempt we give the other bigots in this country. My rights do not end where your feelings begin, they’re all the more important because they hurt your feelings.Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 9:51 AM