The Germans in Wunsiedel discovered that the best way to fight Nazis is to make fun of them. Nazi marches and rallies are a performance, and making fun of them "deflates the puffery" they mistake for heroism.
Wunsiedel had Nazis marching to a grave of one of Hitler's deputies every year. Counterdemonstrations didn't help. Relocating the grave didn't help. In 2014 they tried mockery. They made the march look like a walkathon fundraiser for a program that helps people leave right wing extremism. This deprived the Nazis of their dignity and victimhood story in a way that violent confrontation can not.
So in 2014, the town tried a different tactic: humorous subversion.
The campaign, called Rechts Gegen Rechts — the Right Against the Right — turned the march into Germany’s “most involuntary walkathon.” For every meter the neo-Nazis marched, local residents and businesses pledged to donate 10 euros (then equivalent to about $12.50) to a program that helps people leave right-wing extremist groups, called EXIT Deutschland.
They turned the march into a mock sporting event. Someone stenciled onto the street “start,” a halfway mark and a finish line, as if it were a race. Colorful signs with silly slogans festooned the route. “If only the Führer knew!” read one. “Mein Mampf!” (my munch) read another that hung over a table of bananas. A sign at the end of the route thanked the marchers for their contribution to the anti-Nazi cause — €10,000 (close to $12,000). And someone showered the marchers with rainbow confetti at the finish line.
The approach has spread to several other German towns and one in Sweden (where it was billed as Nazis Against Nazis).
This week, following the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Wunsiedel has come back into the news. Experts in nonviolent protest say it could serve as a model for Americans alarmed by the resurgent white supremacist movement who are looking for an effective way to respond (and who might otherwise be tempted to meet violence with violence).
Violence directed at white nationalists only fuels their narrative of victimhood — of a hounded, soon-to-be-minority who can’t exercise their rights to free speech without getting pummeled. It also probably helps them recruit. And more broadly, if violence against minorities is what you find repugnant in neo-Nazi rhetoric, then “you are using the very force you’re trying to overcome,” ...
But ideally, of course, we’d avoid violence altogether. This is where the sort of planning on display at Wunsiedel is key. Humor is a particularly powerful tool — to avoid escalation, to highlight the absurdity of absurd positions and to deflate the puffery that, to the weak-minded at any rate, might resemble heroic purpose.
But we do have similar examples of humor being used to counteract fascists in the United States. In 2012, a “white power” march in Charlotte, N.C., was met with counterprotesters dressed as clowns. They held signs reading “wife power” and threw “white flour” into the air.
“The message from us is, ‘You look silly,’ ” a coordinator told the local news channel. “We’re dressed like clowns, and you’re the ones that look funny.” By undercutting the gravitas white supremacists are trying to accrue, humorous counterprotests may blunt the events’ usefulness for recruitment. Brawling with bandanna-clad antifas may seem romantic to some disaffected young men, but being mocked by clowns? Probably not so much. [emphasis mine]
Organized mockery seems the most powerful tool in our toolkit!
Well, with the eternity of kissing god's ass, there'll be no time for eating, drinking, fishing, farting, playing, humping, or anything else.
Sounds like an eternal, colossal bore.
I like Humble Pie's (hope he's ok!) response to some Christians' teaching that you won't miss your pets in heaven because you'll have God:
Pish posh! Like any "god" could be half as good as the cat sitting in my lap as I am typing this. Is "god" going to sit in my lap and purr as I type? ;)
I've said it multiple times, Daniel:
No one – no one, No One NO ONE – has the right not to be offended.
I ridicule Fascism and even the Klan. Both seem to think that blacks are more active in the light of the full moon. The Klan has recruiting literature claiming this. My answer is yes. There is more light then. Only an idiot would be doing something outside in the dark.
Okay, gang, fasten yer seat belts and return your seat backs and tray tables, et cetera! Here comes a genuine Blast from the Past!!!
Whatcha think of THAT one, Schicklgruber?!?
Here's the propaganda cartoon that incorporates "Der Fuehrer's Face", originally titled "Donald Duck in Nutzi Land". It's cued up to skip the prologue speech.
(Interesting how Wagner's grand music from Die Meistersinger, under the opening title, quickly gives way to the mocking march of "Der Fuehrer's Face"!)
This shit's about to get real. :)
Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally
Hundreds of San Franciscans plan to prepare Crissy Field, the picturesque beach in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge where rightwing protest group Patriot Prayer will gather, with a generous carpeting of excrement.
That's hilarious, Carl. There couldn't be a more appropriate welcome mat.