This has apparently been niggling around in the back of my head for a while and I think I’ve finally figured out what I believe.
It is ok to punch nazis, in uniform or not, being hateful at the moment or not just so long as they are nazis.
Analysis about whether or not this is a criminal act and should be punishable by law need be done post hoc, and shouldn’t sway anyone wanting to punch nazis.
This is specific to nazis and the standard for what that is I will leave to people smarter than I. I know the reasonable person standard exists and maybe could be useful here but I know not what I’m talking about.
I’d like to note that I believe this applies only to nazis. Call it the one exception I’ve carved out. I’m not going to say the same for the kkk or the alt right, or a white nationalist group or a confederate sympathizer. All of those need be scorned hated and made to fear going into public as what they are (unless it’s a protest then punch away).
Those people however I will allow to give an interview without anything more than my drowning them out with a megaphone.
Maybe a half measure but I think nazi is one thing everyone can agree on. And if you don’t agree on it, fuck you. But I won’t punch you, unless you’re a nazi.
This is what I think. I’m not looking to be convinced but I spent the whole heated discussion trying to figure out what I thought. I think I got it.