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Angela Merkel: Nazis Are Bad, M’Kay?

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Better late than never, eh, Angie?

Agency France Presse:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday slammed as “disgusting” the role of white supremacists in a violent protest in Virginia and an “evil attack” against counter-demonstrators that left one woman dead, her spokesman said…

“The scenes at the right-wing extremist march were absolutely repulsive – naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form were on display,” [spokesman Steffen Seibert] told reporters…

Asked about possible links between German neo-Nazi groups and the Charlottesville marchers, Seibert said he was unaware of any connection and expressed confidence that U.S. authorities would conduct a thorough investigation.

Let’s hope they d– Hey, wait a minute. “German neo-Nazi groups”? How can those exist? Ever since WWII, Germany has had strict laws against the use of Nazi symbolism and propaganda. They literally made it illegal to be a Nazi. So how can there be any Nazis there?

It’s almost as if you can’t stop people from believing stupid, ugly nonsense by passing laws against it. Deciding that some speech is hate speech, and therefore illegal, doesn’t work. Weird, right?

The reason you’re not reading this in German is because a country based on the bedrock principle of free speech kicked the ass of a country without it. If you don’t like it, gehe zurück nach deutschland.

The only effective solution to free speech you don’t like is more free speech. History teaches us that, yet every generation has to learn it for themselves.