Godwin’s law¬†(also known as¬†Godwin’s Rule of Nazi Analogies¬†or¬†Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies) is an assertion made by¬†Mike Godwin¬†in 1990¬†that has become an¬†Internet adage. It states: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving¬†Nazis¬†or¬†Hitlerapproaches1.”¬†In other words, Godwin said that, given enough time, in¬†any¬†online discussion‚ÄĒregardless of topic or scope‚ÄĒsomeone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis.
Although in one of its early forms Godwin’s law referred specifically to¬†Usenetnewsgroup¬†discussions,¬†the law is now often applied to any¬†threaded online discussion, such as¬†forums,¬†chat rooms¬†and¬†blog¬†comment threads, and has been invoked for the inappropriate use of Nazi analogies in articles or speeches.¬†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 Government‚Äôs dramatic reform of New Zealand‚Äôs social welfare system marks an ominous turning-point in the country‚Äôs history. Never before has the state been willing to satisfy so completely the most punitive, the cruellest and¬†the most nakedly sociopathic impulses of its wealthiest citizens. ¬† Read more »