Don’t be such a Nazi!

Ever noticed how a lot of heated discussions end up with comparison of somebody to Hitler or the Nazis? Sure you have. Well there’s a whole “law” about that called Godwin’s Law. Godwin’s Law states, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” Over at the Volokh Conspiracy there is a post discussing when it is appropriate to invoke this over-used comparison. I’ll admit there is one thing that sorta gets me to fulfill Godwin’s Law: discussing the Washington state smoking ban. I usually decry this as a “fascist(!!!)” move, but in truth I know it’s not. It is a knee-jerk, reactionary, overly-broad piece of democracy driven mainly by the majority’s annoyance with smokers, but it is not fascism (!!!).

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