Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Some questions for people who think it’s okay to punch Nazis

If you believe it is okay or even admirable to punch a Nazi in the face on sight, is it also okay to shoot a Nazi in the face on sight? What about to kidnap and torture them? If so, is it also okay to torture terrorists or ISIS sympathizers?

And if not, I have three follow-up questions:

1) How do we determine which rights someone forfeits by believing noxious things, and which they retain?

2) Which beliefs are noxious enough to invalidate those rights you think they forfeit?

3) How confident are you that IF the longstanding norm against punching those with beliefs you find noxious is destroyed, the country which just elected Donald Trump will settle upon new legal and social norms which match your personal answers to those questions?

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