Una Mullally: Why laughing at the far-right is dangerous

Humorous responses risk undercutting the seriousness of the rise of white extremism

Protesters and counter-protesters argue during a demonstration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Protesters and counter-protesters argue during a demonstration in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday. Photograph: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

When is it better to laugh at Nazis, and when is it better to punch them? When white supremacist Richard Spencer was punched in the face after Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, DC, earlier this year, such strange ethics were debated.

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