The resistance

A neo-Nazi says to me - how come you've stolen the Resistance label. He seemed to be under the impression his neo-Nazi, white supremacist agenda was some sort of 'Resistance' against eh far right/ corporate 'swamps'. He saw this as similar to the actions of European Resistance fighters in WW2.

The guy seemed slightly less confused after I'd shown him the pics of Nazis sticking socialist leaders in concentration camps, but still imagined himself as some sort of 'thought out' Nazi.

I explained the use of the word resist and that 'resist' is a verb, which can be attached to a wide variety of activities involved in actively challenging or calling out the authoritarian or totalitarian. Then it was time to post some pics of genuine Resistance fighters . . .

Simone Segouin, an 18 year old French Résistance fighter, also known by her nom de guerre Nicole Minet. She is pictured on a patrol rooting out Germans snipers still left in areas of Paris during the liberation of Paris on August 19, 1944. Simone carries a captured German Schmeisser submachinegun, or MP40.

Janina Forbertówna (code name "Jasia"), was a resistance fighter during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Her fate is unknown.

A French man and woman fight with captured German weapons as both civilians and members of the French Forces of the Interior took the fight to the Germans, in Paris in August of 1944, prior to the surrender of German forces and the Liberation of Paris on August 25.

Female Italian partisans during the liberation of Milan.

The neo-Nazi said he hadn't thought about it that way . . . so much for 'thought out' Nazism. It's not an ideology; it's not a political stance; but it does involve sanctioning genocide - and in a civilised society anyone promoting mass murder is generally considered in need of locking up and treatment.

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