Godwin’s lawÂ (also known asÂ Godwin’s Rule of Nazi AnalogiesÂ orÂ Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies) is an assertion made byÂ Mike GodwinÂ in 1990Â that has become anÂ Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involvingÂ NazisÂ orÂ Hitlerapproaches1.”Â In other words, Godwin said that, given enough time, inÂ anyÂ online discussionâ€”regardless of topic or scopeâ€”someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.
Although in one of its early forms Godwin’s law referred specifically toÂ UsenetnewsgroupÂ discussions,Â the law is now often applied to anyÂ threaded online discussion, such asÂ forums,Â chat roomsÂ andÂ blogÂ comment threads, and has been invoked for the inappropriate use of Nazi analogies in articles or speeches.Â The law is sometimes invoked prescriptively to mark the end of a discussion when a Nazi analogy is made, with the writer who made the analogy being considered to have lost the argument.
Chris Trotter has well and truly lost the argument before it even began with this tosh this morning.
The National Party-led Governmentâ€™s dramatic reform of New Zealandâ€™s social welfare system marks an ominous turning-point in the countryâ€™s history. Never before has the state been willing to satisfy so completely the most punitive, the cruellest andÂ the most nakedly sociopathic impulses of its wealthiest citizens. Â Read more »