Preempting Godwin

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, December 26th, 2014 - 10 comments
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From wikipedia

Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies)[1][2] is an Internet adage asserting that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1[2][3]—​ that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.

Promulgated by American attorney and author Mike Godwin in 1990,[2] Godwin’s Law originally referred, specifically, to Usenet newsgroup discussions.[4] It is now applied to any threaded online discussion, such as Internet forums, chat rooms and blog comment threads, as well as to speeches, articles and other rhetoric.[5][6]

Not just on the Internet…

putin as person of the year

h/t Huffington Post “Print Magazine Covers Tell The Most Powerful Stories Of 2014

10 comments on “Preempting Godwin”

  1. Tracey 1

    Many supporters invoke Keys popularity as an endorsement of the correctness of what he does.

    Putin is as popular in Russia as he ever was, with an 80% approval rating recently. Yet the West consider he is in the wrong.

    In NZ popularity apparently mean “on the right track”, but in Russia being popular is irrelevant to being on the right track.

    Some on the Left say popularity isnt a measure ofthe man, but accept that in Russia it is.

    • Murray Rawshark 1.1

      Who on the left would that be? When Russia had a socialised economy, there was an argument for giving it some support against the west, but that has long since changed. Even though the west is breaking agreements in pushing aggressively further east, Russia no longer has anything to offer the left. What they have now is full on gangster capitalism, with the oligarchs filling the role played by the banksters in the west.

      • Tracey 1.1.1

        last week on here a few were writing in support of putin and discussing his popularity.

        • Murray Rawshark

          Well, you get all sorts of strange things happening around here. Maybe my idea of left is too restrictive.

          • One Anonymous Bloke

            Nah, you’ve got it. The notion that popularity lends credibility is for wingnuts.

  2. fuck godwins law..!

    ..if you are being ruled by fascist/nazi-bastard-clones.. it as it is…

    ..i mean..can the americans ever again point at the nazis..

    ..and go ‘ew!..they tortured people..!’..? they can’t.. are those torturers/drivers of that torture-policy..

    ..not ‘fascist/nazi-bastard-clones’..?

    • Tracey 2.1


      Helengrad used with impinity to evoke communism… Key saying WFF was communism by stealth…

      But dare compare a right winger with nazis or hitler and there are howls of derision and Godwin.

      • BassGuy 2.1.1

        When WFF was first introduced, one friend of mine (let’s call him A, who happens to be a right wing fundamentalist Christian nut-job) was ranting about how it was communism, taking from hard working people and giving money to people who had kids, and now nobody would work because they could just have kids and get free money.

        A few months later, two other friends of ours, I’ll call them BC (as a couple), were granted WFF. This couple are not poor, one of them is on around $55-$60k, and the other is likely on $60-$65k.

        A changed his rant slightly, after that – his new rant was that they weren’t being given enough yet they were working really hard.

        Anecdotal, I know, but some people… just… bah!

        • tracey

          I hear you.

          Stalin was every bit as maniacal and bloodthirsty and oppressive as Hitler, yet calling Key a Nazi is a no-go, but Helengrad is just fine and even used by a couple in the msm…

  3. Weepus beard 3

    This is another illustration of the use of magazine covers for propaganda.

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