Growing up in the 1990s, I used to listen to Rage Against The Machine.
I was a normie in high school. I was didn’t have any political views. I just liked the rebellious tone of their music and didn’t give any thought to the lyrics. I went through that phase of my life without ever giving a single thought to the Jews or even encountering one.
“Morello about to start entering two-sided discourse with neo-Nazis, rather than clobbering them ‘round the chops?
“Are you kidding?!” he grins. “Oh my gosh – the fact that that’s a controversial thing is so insane to me. If it comes to it that we can’t punch Nazis, then who can we punch, really?” Never mind, then –Tom’s firebrand politics are still business as usual. …”
Now, I understand that when Tom Morello talks about how “Nazi Lives Don’t Matter” he means that my life doesn’t matter. This isn’t because I am personally a Nazi or a National Socialist. I am nothing more than a populist and a nationalist from the Deep South.
I’ve never been interested in fascism, but from the perspective of anarchists like Tom Morello everyone to the Right of Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump is a “Nazi” and a “White Nationalist” and a “racist” and a “white supremacist.” They are not really interested in these fine distinctions. We’re all simply the enemy to these people. These people are as ready and willing to engage in violence against Trump supporters as they are any actual Nazi.
My attitude toward actual Nazis softened considerably as a result of realizing this. I used to be highly critical of the NSM. After Richard Spencer was punched though at the Trump inauguration, I was willing to form a popular front with them which is something that I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing in the past. I still don’t think of them as being the enemy in the same that way that I now think of the Far Left. The person who wants to cause you physical harm is your enemy, not the person who is nostalgic about the past or who is an asshole on Twitter.
Note: There is a difference between a rival or antagonist and the enemy. Brush up on your Carl Schmitt to learn the difference.