This story about New Yorkers removing Nazi graffiti from subway cars went viral. (First saw it on Twitter, but can’t remember where, so no hat tip.) It wasn’t condemned, so I guess liberals find this ethically acceptable. But force isn’t? So, I have some further ethical dilemmas…
Can you punch a Nazi to prevent him from putting up Nazi propaganda?
No! That’s still force and using force to hurt someone you disagree with is also fascist.
Okay, what if I take the Nazi’s sharpie and destroy it, without actually hurting the Nazi?
No, destroying property is wrong and makes you just as bad as the fascists.
Ah, but the Nazi is about to deface property. Doesn’t that put me in the right?
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Well, what if I simply stole the Nazi’s pen, without him ever being aware of it?
No, the Nazi still has rights to his property. Stealing is always wrong. What are we but savages without the rule of law? You are destroying civil society by undermining the rule of law and thus you are also a Nazi.
But I can destroy the Nazi propaganda after he puts it up?
Well, it depends. If it’s graffiti, you can clean it up. However, you must do so respectfully and can’t damage any property. If it’s a flier put up somewhere public, you can’t remove it because that would violate free speech. You can, however, debate with the poster. By the way, Nazis can also be women. Let’s not be sexist by assuming gender.