TO THE EDITOR:
I was recently disappointed by a letter to the editor titled “Inaction never leads to action” by first-year Richard Denton.
He was writing in response to an editorial referencing the incident of Feb. 21, in which a number of “anti-fascist” protesters assembled on the steps of the South Building. Unfortunately, Denton’s letter is fallacious, inaccurate and dangerous.
His position seems to be that protesting fascism is never fascist. That’s because the protest, by its nature, is anti-fascist. This, of course, doesn’t make any sense. Just because you oppose something doesn’t magically prevent you from being defined by the thing you oppose. You’re still a murderer even if you hate murderers so much that you decide to go out and kill one.
Denton proclaims that “the idea that a protest against fascists is a boon to fascism is plainly fallacious and wrongheaded.” This statement is only true if the protestors aren’t fascists themselves.