I don't get it. Of all places, why the fuck are the Nazis coming to Madison? I suppose it's because it's the nation's capital and it might be a grand middle finger to Madison's supposed hippie liberalism.
It's tempting to join the counterprotest (if I didn't already have plans that take me out of the city)and shout that the Nazis are nothing more than a bunch of narrow-minded, negative fools who can't even draw a swastika right. It's also tempting to ignore them so their message falls on deaf ears.
But what I'm REALLY tempted to do is something like Springtime for Hitler. Something so over the top and absurdist that it takes their entire argument (which must be appealing during this time of uncertainty) and makes it a big joke.
It'd be like Henry Rollins' rant about having black and Jewish gay men joining a KKK rally in really avant-garde KKK uniforms, making out and proclaiming that they're in the KKK. Except with Nazi uniforms. I'd love to see some gay black, Jewish, Asian and Hispanic men (sorry, has to be gay men to really piss them off) take the Nazi uniform and make it really bright and garish and make out during the rally.
It'd be hot! And it'd be fun and absurdist and wonderful. It'd take the fear and anger out of the Nazis' message and replace it with something funny. Why do you think Hitler hated the Dadaists so much? They took the Nazis' message of fear and oppression and made it absurdist and silly (which it is), and as a result, the power the Nazis had was diminished.
"Mock the devil and he will flee from thee," Bono once said. "Fear of the devil leads to devil worship." I think the man was onto something.
Damn. Now I wish I had more time to organize something like that. That would've been fun to see.