Godwin’s Law

Now in the Oxford English Dictionary, Godwin’s Law is “[t]he theory that as an online discussion progresses, it becomes inevitable that someone or something will eventually be compared to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis, regardless of the original topic.”  To invoke a nazi comparison is then to both lose and end an argument, similar to Leo Strauss’s ‘reductio ad Hitlerum.’  The term, originally unscientific and playful, is being taken more seriously in the current climate.  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was criticized when he attempted to move the goalpost while discussing Syria.  Godwin himself has commented on the Trump comparisons, stating if made, they should be informed, “thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history.”


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