A recent article on the aquittal of Plevris, the self-described nazi, fascist, racist and anti-Semite, is posted at Comment is Free in the Guardian Online.
In other words, although he wrote extensively about the advantages of Jews being killed en masse, he didn’t really intend for any to be killed. The trouble with this argument is: how and why should we believe him? When Mein Kampf was first published in 1925, there were those who believed it was the ranting of a mad man, and that nothing would come of it. How wrong they were. If only this unmistakable warning had been heeded.
The acquittal of this man, who wrote blatantly provocative literature, which idolises those who committed the most terrible crime against humanity of all time, is the deepest possible insult to democracy. The right to speak and write freely is invaluable in a democratic society, but this right is no longer deserved when one’s words seriously hinder the freedom of others. When others are put in danger by a fellow member of society, his actions have curtailed their freedom and he has abused our liberal values.
The comments that follow are also very interesting.