One of the key lessons that the German underground learned during the turbulent Thirties was that nothing was ever really gained by confronting the Nazis in open combat on the streets of major German cities. Communists and Socialists mixing it up with Brownshirts carrying rubber truncheons, brickbats, and loaded luggers never resulted in anything other than bloodbaths, mayhem, public trials and the inevitable acquittal of the thugs. Those middle-class Germans who stood on the sidelines and watched this urban roil unfold might be forgiven for not getting involved: just too dangerous, crazy and bad for one’s reputation. As the Nazi tyrannical regime took hold, with the introduction of internment camps and the ruthless elimination of all public protest, ┬ástreet battles and marches would no longer work. The release of Hans Fallada’s “Wolf Among Wolves” in 1938, at the heart of the repression, makes the point that German citizenry had largely become morally rudderless and bereft of any authentic national heroes, and that the time had come in German history to creatively find ways to reestablish a more civil national narrative. Romantic claptrap you might be forgiven for thinking if you hadn’t read up on the life of Hans Fallada, novelist, political commentator and activist extraordinaire who stayed around throughout the entire horrible duration of the regime. Instead of doing the impossible by continuing to publicly demonstrate against tyranny, which is what destroyed the intemperate White Rose movement in 1943, Fallada chose to write fictional narratives about various individuals surviving and even triumphing during the ordeal. These novels, in many cases injected with an infusion of facts, were written first and foremost for Germans looking for inspiration in the midst of dreariness, shabbiness, and hopelessness. Fast forward to Charlottesville, Aug 9, 2017, where a major neo-Nazi rally in the downtown area turned ugly and deadly. The demonstration was initially conducted as a protest against the removal of General Robert Lee’s statue from the city square. Under the provisions of the First Amendment, these groups are allowed to spew vile, anti-Semitic racial slurs by way of exercising free speech. So how do good-minded people effectively counter them when they take to the streets to stir up strife. Following the Fallada model, we are advised to neither openly confront or silently ignore them. Interestingly, this is the same advice groups like NCAAP offer on how to fight racism. Educate the public to first denounce and ultimately get big government to arrest and prosecute where necessary, but do not inflame because deadly force, comported in Nazi regalia and assault weapons, is what these blood-thirsty bigots seek. The time has come for more people to condemn. To that end, I am taking a week to read up on the efforts of the late Steig Larsson to combat White Supremacism in Sweden during the late nineties, in the hopes of being better able to speak out against people on the Right who might endorse these wretched views. Being better informed on a divisive issue invariably forces one to want to take constructive action that hopefully doesn’t compromise their position as a law-abiding citizen.