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316 Charles   2008-11-12 17:39:10

re: #300 Thanos

That's one of the problems with Europe, banning of the hate signs and groups actually helps disguise who the evil ones are. I'd much rather have the nazis able to display whatever simply so the hate groups and haters could be clearly and easily ID'ed.

Absolutely. This is one big reason why neo-Nazis are marginalized in the US -- because we don't try to ban them. Their idiocy is plain to see, and the vast majority of normal people are revolted by it.

But in Europe, by criminalizing groups and books, they're actually creating a sort of evolutionary pressure on the fascists; they're forced to learn how to hide their agenda, and temper their language, and get smarter about their tactics. Vlaams Belang's courting of Jews is a great example. It's a deliberate tactic to gain legitimacy and the fascist's true goal: power.

One thing that criminalizing them definitely does not do: change them or their ideologies.

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