I was always taught to never throw the first punch. Never instigate.
Defend, but don’t attack. But then I saw a video of the white nationalist Richard Spencer being punched in the face during an interview, and I realized Spencer was in a pressed suit, wearing a tie, being interviewed like his opinion mattered, like he should be considered part of the conversation, like Neo-Nazism was just one political point of view. And then I realized there’s no better way to show some speech is not equal. Some speech requires a more visceral response. It’s like Overton’s window. That’s the term for which ideas are tolerated in public discourse. Well, Overton’s window doesn’t mean shit unless it comes with some enforcement. So, yeah, this is enforcement. It’s time to punch a few Nazis.
THE GOOD FIGHT (2017– ), Season 3 - Episode 5.