Nazis not welcome

How do we respond to hatred and bigotry? [The Culture Guy Podcast]

An attempt to digest the Charlottesville riots and the rise of violent hate groups in the United States

This episode begins with a different song, as it covers different terrain. I recorded it on August 13, 2017 under the fresh impression of the white supremacist “protests” in Charlottesville, VA (USA). You’ll notice that I am struggling to find the right words. The open display of bigotry, hatred, violence, and outright stupidity were rather unnerving.

Even though I nearly deleted the recording to start over again, I decided to leave it as is. It’s a bit unpolished and perhaps not as coherent as I would like it to be. These are simply the raw thoughts which came up and editing them will most likely not make them much better.

Please weigh in with your ideas

If you expect an answer to the question in the headline, this podcast will disappoint you. I wish I had the solution. My rant is more a sequence of ideas which hopefully bring us closer to answers.

So consider this an invitation to share your thoughts and ideas on how open and free societies can deal with fringe groups and extremist mindsets that jeopardize the foundation of a constitutional, liberal democracy.

Martin Luther King jr. Darkness Light Love

 

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  1. Buffalo Springfield: “Stop, children, what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s going down.”

    Thanks, Christian, for speaking to this. Before we can examine our relationships across national borders, we need to look inside our own hometowns at the prejudices and disparities that surround us. As a German, you are poignantly qualified to speak about Nazism and ethnic hatred. While we have a tradition of allowing *free* speech in this country, we must not delude ourselves by allowing *hate* speech, a fundamental distinction every free society needs to make.

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