Should Nazis be allowed to run for office? | The Tylt

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Arthur Jones, an American Nazi Party leader and Holocaust denier whose campaign website shows him speaking at neo-Nazi events, will be on the ballot as a Republican candidate in Illinois's 3rd Congressional District. While Republicans have denounced Jones, others say Nazis should not be allowed to run for office at all. But free speech advocates say it could set a dangerous precedent to ban certain political partieseven repugnant onesfrom seeking elected office. What do you think?

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In the case of Jones, he has virtually no chance of winning. Yair Rosenberg argues that we don't need to censor him or prevent him from running—the voters will take care of it by rejecting his repugnant views at the ballot box.

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Others think this latest development is terrifying and unacceptable. Jones waxes poetic about white pride and white counterrevolution, and there are images of him giving the Nazi salute and shredding the Israeli flag on his website. 

Yet by calling himself a Republican, he will garner votes from people who just vote on party lines. Anti-Semitic and white supremacist violence has risen sharply in the U.S. in the past year. Sadly, we can't rely on the American people to simply reject genocidal hate.

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This is seriously scary. Should we give people who advocate for genocidal violence a public platform in the name of free speech? Isn't that just normalizing hate?

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At the very least, the GOP be dealing with this, either by shutting Jones down or refusing to allow him to brand himself a Republican. Can anyone run as a member of your party without your permission?

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But others point out that voters have mobilized against Jones. It was scary when David Duke looked as though he might become governor of Louisiana— but again, the voters handled it. You're not going to fight fascism by banning it. Limits on democracy are not the answer.

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