But these wise warnings clearly hit a brick wall. — we must note that years now of editorials and forums condemning this behavior has merely preached to a choir — i.e. most of us — while the warriors lustily plan their next assault upon someone’s right to utter some words in an auditorium. Clearly the catharsis of fighting for what they believe is The Good is too powerful for these protestors to heed advice so mild as to ask them to reflect before they perform.

That’s just it: these protestors are unmoved by comparisons to fascists or Nazis or even today’s neo-Nazis, because they suppose that their commitment to antiracism is “right” in a way that Mussolini, Hitler and Richard Spencer are not. They think they’re different.