I once got called a Nazi for not making room for a bicyclist…
I was on foot. On the sidewalk. There was a bicycle lane the person calling me a Nazi wasn’t using.
Welcome to Berlin.
On a more useful note I read an article the other day about how we all as societies have pretty much abandoned enlightenment in favour of moralistic tribalism. The idea of questioning ourselves is dead or dying. Our left over here has pretty much made it its policy to be ‘in the moral right’ and the media and mainstream society is unquestioningly accepting their idea of right as at least an inconvenient truth. In this context, the term Nazi gets applied to people who want, say, controlled immigration as opposed to Merkel’s open borders nonsense. There’s no discussion with these people, no weighing of arguments. It’s ridiculous.
If this isn’t a thing yet elsewhere I’m sure you’ll get there eventually. The US is too far on the right for this to hit mainstream consciousness. But of course this is a country where you can get called a Nazi for espousing gun control.
Speaking of. My whole take on the readiness of US police to open fire on people is the lack of gun control or oversight. If I have to assume the person I’m talking to has a gun (legal or illegal) and might be tempted to use it I’ll automatically assume a more aggressive stance. Not that you can put that genie back into the bottle, but as far as I see it, US police are plain afraid, and with good reason. Almost all my interaction with European law enforcement has been relatively relaxed, and I’d at least partially chalk that up to them not having to suspect me of having a gun in my glove compartment or wherever.
But that’s just my view from the outside.