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March 17th, 2019

Smash fascism

There's an arc in Supergirl where there's this group called Children of Liberty which are basically Nazis or KKK members, but hating extraterrestrial aliens. And the show was doing a pretty good job of portraying them as villains and showing how fascism is a bad thing.

But they've also been doing an arc with Manchester Black and his Elite team. I've been rooting for them because I support their "smash fascists" approach, supporting them killing members of the Children of Liberty.

For a while, Supergirl was doing a pretty good job with both of these arcs. But in one of the recent episodes, Supergirl said that the Elite are "just as bad" as the Children of Liberty, and I just... I want to punch the writers in the face for that. They should know better than to make the argument that people defending against fascists are as bad as the fascists. Granted, I don't really like the fact that Menagerie is on their team because she is clearly an evil monster, but that just makes my point stronger. They're portraying people who are justly fighting fascism as being villains. But Manchester Black is right - you can't just put fascists in prison, because they'll still influence people from there and they might escape (as the leader of the Children of Liberty did, in fact) - you have to put them six feet under.

There are situations where fighting violence with pacifism is a good idea. But there is no getting through to fascists. There is no defending them. And prison is too good for them. The only good fascist is a dead fascist. And even if the writers think they should go to prison instead, they should either do a better job on the Manchester Black arc, or stop it altogether. Because telling people who hate fascists that attacking fascists makes them "just as bad" as the fascists is the kind of thing said by people who think fascism is just an opinion. It is not just an opinion, it is violence. Letting a fascist live is to tell everyone who has ever been a victim of fascism that their pain doesn't matter, that you don't care about the violence done against them. And defending a fascist makes you a fascist too. That is just all there is to it.

This was cross-posted from https://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1431016.html
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