Calm down, SA! Lockdown laws may be nasty, but they’re not Nazi

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Calm down, SA! Lockdown laws may be nasty, but they’re not Nazi

This is just the ANC doing what it has always done, shooting itself in the foot

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Nazis! Nazis everywhere! Twitching their curtains! Preventing us from buying roast chickens! Crushing us under the jackboot of fascism! Well, under the jackboot of the arbitrary regulations and extreme inconvenience. But still. Nazis!

I’m not sure when the Anschluss happened, but if the increasingly shrill protests are to be believed, the occupation is total. The swastika flies over the Union Buildings and is strapped to the arms of millions of citizens, as actual fascism flowers in SA.

I saw it first on social media. People who objected to dog-walkers, or who were alarmed by more major breaches of lockdown regulations, were, I discovered, Nazis. Even more dramatically, I learned that those people who went to the lengths of calling the authorities were “the Gestapo”. Since then that remarkable accusation – that any willingness to consider the merits of the lockdown regulations makes you Hitler – has raced with Blitzkrieg speed into the broader conversation...

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