Nazis.

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( Thanks to Bill O'Reilly for demonstrating why calling people Nazis isn't the way to win a debate.)

Have you heard of Godwin's Law? Here is the definition:

"As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

Anyways, if you see a comment that goes over the top, is too personal, or uses foul language please email me. If you start arguing with them about it the task of deleting statements without other statements not making sense becomes difficult.

Thanks for reading. Please point out Godwin's Law in your conversations. The Nazi's don't want you to do it.

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Brian,

I think you meant to say the probability approaches one, not zero.

Ron,

I reworded it to be more clear. Thanks for reading and commenting.

We'll do it live!!!!!!!!!!!

From Wikipedia (where Godwin is coincidentely the counsel. Since it was addressing propoganda, I guess it didn't apply?


"Godwin's Law applies especially to inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparisons of other situations (or one's opponent) with Hitler or Nazis or their actions. It does not apply to discussions directly addressing genocide, propaganda, or other mainstays of the Nazi regime.[citation needed] Whether it applies to humorous use or references to oneself is open to interpretation, because although mentioning and trivializing Nazism in an online discussion, this would not be a fallacious attack against a debate opponent."

Of course pointing out that a genocidal dictator is like Hitler is fair game.

Saying that you are acting like a Nazi for opposing or supporting tax cuts is not.

There's some propoganda going on with Dunn and Finman and it has a few people riled up. So I guess the Nazi comment was fair game because Goebbels specialized in propoganda.

O'Riley has called the left wing extremists Nazis and I'm sure the Evangelicals have been called the same.

Ben Stein just did a movie called "Expelled" that compared parts of academia to Nazi's and it was somewhat compelling. There is a bias against against a belief in God in academia.

I don't think we should shun the word - we should learn from it.

I didn't say it wasn't ever called for but it shouldn't be used as a common attack or it loses it power.

To BD-

Why don't you "learn from it" since you stated on another blog that it is part of "free speech"-RMD constantly calls people who don't support Beaubion and Didio, "Nazis".
Is that OK?

Hopefully, Brian will delete these abusive responses!!

People that hamper children's education by injecting a political virus into an already vulnerable school system could be construed as Nazis as well.

It does seem odd that it's only the Republicans that have Father's that were Nazis or Grandfather's that had their assets seized for helping the Nazis.


Once people let the Nazi attack loose it is hard to contain.

When there are posts referring to a comment and posts referring to the comment that referred to the comment I sometimes give up.

In the future just email me as I have said many times.

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