QUOTE OF THE DAY: Stop debating with fascists and racists

by , under Aleksander Hemon

Migrant Tales insight: Aleksander Hemon states in his eloquent article about fascism that we should not waste any time debating but that “it is a set of actions to fight.” In the essay, he admits feeling guilty and ashamed of his cowardice and naivety that just talking to a fascist might bring him back. 

In Finland, too many wrongly believe that by debating with fascists (like those found in the Perussuomalaiset party* in parliament) and racists will bring people back to their senses. 

Read the full essay here.

They won’t, forget it. The only way is to fight back and defend our values tooth and nail. 

One teacher said that racists can make racist statements because “it’s how democracy works.” 

True, but democracy requires you to stand up and defend those values that fascists and racists want to destroy. 


“Only those safe from fascism [and racism] and its practices are likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists [and racists].”

The Perussuomalaiset (PS) party imploded on June 13 into two factions, the PS and New Alternative, which is now called Blue Reform. Despite the name changes, we believe that it is the same party in different clothing. Both factions are hostile to cultural diversity. One is more open about it while the other is more diplomatic.

A direct translation of Perussuomalaiset in English would be something like “basic” or “fundamental Finn.” Official translations of the Finnish name of the party, such as Finns Party or True Finns, promote in our opinion nativist nationalism and racism. We, therefore, at Migrant Tales prefer to use in our postings the Finnish name of the party once and after that the acronym PS.