“First they came for the Nazis…”

History doesn’t always repeat itself but it does often rhyme.

First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Irony alert, of course, because the “They” Niemöller goes on about are the Nazis. Not much chance neo-nazis are going to “come for” anybody in any organized way very soon – have you met those rubes? Seriously, they make the KKK look like the editorial board of the National Review in its heyday – but the social justice warriors are taking no chances. According to Brad:

In a similar vein, CloudFlare has removed the Daily Stormer from its service. (Among other functions, they protect websites from DDoS attacks.)

Reversing the company’s previous stance on not censoring content, founder and CEO Matthew Prince wrote in an internal email that he “woke up this morning in a bad mood and decided to kick them off the Internet. It was a decision I could make because I’m the CEO of a major Internet infrastructure company.”

“My rationale for making this decision was simple: the people behind the Daily Stormer are a**holes and I’d had enough,” Prince wrote. “Let me be clear: this was an arbitrary decision.”

I had considered subscribing to CloudFlare to protect our web sites, but forget that — I don’t want to lose our web presence because some arrogant CEO woke up in a pissy mood one day. And there you see on naked display the attitude of all the Silicon Valley CEOs: I can kick people around because I’m the CEO of a major Internet firm.

Fortunately nothing at all bad can come of such things – because they’re only happening to nazis, and nobody really disputes that nazis are assholes. I mean, seriously. How is such a depth of historic illiteracy possible, that there are still people eager to call themselves nazis? But we used to say – seems like only a little over a week ago – that the measure of a free society is that it can let such people be as stupid as they like as long as they don’t start hurting people. Now suddenly they’re an existential threat and we must all applaud while our betters release the hounds? Niemöller is screaming from his grave.

And somewhere there’s a mine shaft where a canary has stopped cheeping.

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9 Responses to “First they came for the Nazis…”

  1. Bmq215 says:

    Hey, I’m all for it. This is what a free, capitalist society looks like. A private company should have the right to refuse service to whomever they want to and the market will punish or reward them accordingly.

    Now in Germany it was the government doing it and that’s an entirely different matter.

  2. Mark Matis says:

    Do note that Silicon Valley owns the majority of national politicians in this country. I think you know one of the few exceptions to that…

  3. Kentucky says:

    Yep. Prince may be an a**hole himself, but it’s his thing and he should be able do with it as he sees fit, like it or not. We have the personal choice to not do business with him if we so choose.

    It will continue to get messy, folks. Hang on tight.

  4. prirat says:

    A lot of people being called Nazis are not Nazis. Just because the MSM or the Communist Antifa call them Nazis does not mean that they are.

  5. Andrew says:

    Prirat, truly.

    Most people calling themselves Nazis, or the people calling others Nazis, have no understanding that Nazi is a short way of saying “National Socialist Workers’ Party… of Germany.”

    I have been in several, um, incidents where some ass-clown calls me a Nazi and I proudly point out that I am not a left-wing socialist, and the conversation usually goes really stupid after that.

    As to the rights of the company to deny service, well, frack them. it’s their right and freedom to deny service to the website. In a sane and just world they would also scour their servers of all nasty left-wingers, antifas, anti-Christian sites, pro-radical muslim sites, most ‘environmental’ groups, anything related to PETA and so forth.

    Hopefully there is a domain company that doesn’t give a damn that will host the ass-hat Daily Stormers. Hopefully on the same server as the SPLC. In a just and right world, of course.

  6. Kentucky says:

    Regardless of the fine points of political demarcation, any group who chooses to adopt the use of the swastika should not be surprised when they are accused of being nazis. Some, of course, relish the connection and even claim it, but intelligence is not a common characteristic among these groups, left or right.

    One can say the same about the use of the term “fascist” and the equally ignorant “antifa”.

    We need to remember these are all members of the radical minority element prevalent in our society today. Sad, indeed.

  7. Andrew says:

    Kentucky, agree about the symbols of actual Nazi-ism. Like a black person wearing a Che t-shirt.

    Complete lack of understanding.

    I also find it funny how organized these ‘anarchists’ are.

  8. Kentucky says:

    “I also find it funny how organized these ‘anarchists’ are.”

    Well, it takes a pretty well-orchestrated plan to insure large-scale chaos.

  9. Modern Throwback says:

    @Kentucky
    “a pretty well-orchestrated plan” and paid-by-the-hour unscrupulous minions.

To the stake with the heretic!