Law-di-daw

There is this thing on the internet known as Godwin’s Law. According to Wikipedia, the law states:

“As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

I have no idea if the law reflects reality or not. But some people seem to think that it means that you may not make a comparison involving Nazis. It is not that sort of law. It is more like the law of diminishing returns, in that it states that x happens as a result of y. And just as it is absurd to say that you may not increase equal quantities of one variable factor while other factor inputs remain constant, it is equally absurd to say that you cannot compare someone to Hitler just because there is a law out there that says that people are likely to make Nazi comparisons under certain circumstances.

The fact is, there are times when Nazi comparisons are appropriate. Such as when someone acts like a Nazi.  Seems obvious, but some people don’t get it.

Not that Nazi comparisons are always appropriate. It would be inappropriate, for instance, to compare a Brian Kennedy concert to a Nuremburg rally, even if both signify absolute evil.

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