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Shouting Fire at Nazis

Posted in Uncategorized by jmac90 on May 5, 2010

This part of the Shouting Fire documentary was extremely shocking. The most surprising element of this piece is that Nazi’s marched in Madison Square Garden. I never knew of this and I found it quite interesting. I do not support Nazism, but if it was a harmless rally to support their views, which it was, then I have nothing against it. My opposition is against the Nazi’s actions in Europe, rather than a convention in New York. They are allowed to exercise their right of free speech as well as the right to protest.

Mr. Garbus stated that his initial position was to be quiet and keep his thoughts to himself. This is due to the fact that his father had told him to “keep his head down and not speak up” during times of opposition because it can lead to other conflicts.

The Nazi’s should definitely be allowed to march as long as they are not harming anyone. This would never fly in todays world and I would say that this “protection” is unconstitutional and goes against human nature.

This debate is somewhat related to what is currently happening with the freedom fighters in Iran. They are protesting and speaking their minds to support Democracy in a chaotic state. If we put them in the Nazi’s position during the 1930’s, we see two groups who are presenting their thoughts and ideas. Forget the fact that one is fighting for freedom and one for extinction, the big picture is; is that people are always going to be held responsible for what they say or do and it is their prerogative to engage in a protest or not. They should not be restricted in doing this as the debate states in the Nazi’s case nor should they be killed or injured as in the Iran case.

We are all composed of the same matter and our differences only exist within the mind. Yes, granted; the Nazi’s should not have marched in New York because it is a slap in the face of America’s and can potentially have detrimental effects, but we cannot deny the fact that humans can say whatever they want simply because we have the ability to do so. I think the main misconception that people have in regard to freedom of speech is that it should apply to everyone! It should apply even if the speech has evil or sinister qualities. If Nazi’s marched in New York tomorrow I would not be outraged or question if they should be doing it; I would just not attend it.


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