Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Nazis supported "no platform" tactics—where Hitler and XKCD agree

I just came across Nazi Propaganda and Censorship, which mentions this incident from three years before the Nazis took power, when they were acting purely as private citizens who, in XKCD's terms, simply didn't want to hear "bullshit" from "assholes" and therefore "showed them the door":
DECEMBER 5, 1930
JOSEPH GOEBBELS DISRUPTS PREMIERE OF FILM
 In Berlin, Joseph Goebbels, one of Adolf Hitler’s top deputies, and Storm Troopers (SA) disrupt the premiere of "All Quiet on the Western Front," a film based on the novel of the same title by Erich Maria Remarque. Nazi protestors throw smoke bombs and sneezing powder to halt the film. Members of the audience who protest the disruption are beaten. The novel had always been unpopular with the Nazis, who believed that its depiction of the cruelty and absurdity of war was "un-German." Ultimately, the film will be banned. Remarque will emigrate to Switzerland in 1931, and the Nazis, after coming to power, will revoke his German citizenship in 1938.
For years, I thought "feminazis" was a stupid term that indicated the speaker knew little about feminists or Nazis. But the subset of contemporary feminists who use Nazi tactics and mock "freezepeach" deserve the name. A few examples:

Bomb threat over bikini billboard ad

DC GamerGate meetup disrupted by 'feminist bomb threat'

Bomb Threat Targets GamerGate Meetup (Hear From Somebody Who Was There)

Bomb threat shuts down SPJ event discussing GamerGate (Update)

Related: XKCD doesn't understand free speech—or the difference between legal and moral rights

ETA:

Campus speaker touting men’s rights has fire alarm pulled on her

A men's rights advocate spoke at the University of Toronto: "The fire alarm went off, but free speech prevailed"

ETA 2: Examples of Zionist censorship in the US: The Palestine Exception