Linn’s Year Ablog


Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies
2 March 2009, 12:00 AM UTC+2
Filed under: Nonsense

One of my favorite new rules is Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies, which states the following: “As a…discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

This happens in politics, when all the intelligent things have been said and there’s still a whole internet to fill. Bush and Obama are both Hitler, dontcha know.

In South Africa, it was discussions about apartheid that grew longest. “The apartheid government was a truly fascist regime,” claimed one friend. “I mean, from the pass laws to the militarism to the ugly brutalist architecture….” And another: “It was like Germany in the 30s. Decent people just got caught up in apartheid, and they didn’t know how to stop it.”

Heroin also = Hitler, I guess.

(See also Reductio ad Hitlerum.)


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That’s a really short, but really dense entry. My barely awake brain can barely make sense of it. Damn politics.

Honestly, I don’t think I just can’t tolerate anything political anymore. Not after this latest wave of riot in Thailand, yet again another result of bad politics. I don’t know what’s worse between a crazy dictator, or crazy CEO who tries to run a country as his own company. Either one is clearly not good for the country.

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