Godwin’s Law

Found this the other day and thought I’d share.

Godwin’s law (also known as Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies) is a humorous observation made by Mike Godwin in 1989 which has become an Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches.” In other words, Godwin put forth the hyperbolic observation that, given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope— someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.

You know it’s true, especially if one party holds to middle-of-the-road traditional beliefs. Invariably, the debate deals less and less with logic, ideas, and consequences, and devolves into slander. These days, it seems, to disagree is automatically equated with hatred, and freedom of speech and freedom of conscience is trumped in the name of ‘tolerance’.

Do they teach history or logic in schools these days?

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