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7th-Jan-2008 09:44 am
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New addition to the list of rules for when I am Dictator of the Universe: Anyone who advocates disenfranchising an entire group of people automatically forfeits their own right to vote.

Of course, the idiot commenter in question started by triggering Godwin's Law right off the bat, so what do you expect?
7th-Jan-2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
That'll teach you to read the opinion pages of the Fresno Bee!

Seriously, how depressing. What kind of imbecile invokes GOEBBELS, of all people, as if he was some sort of political genius?
7th-Jan-2008 09:34 pm (UTC)

I'm puzzled. First of all, what does "All women are transcendent" mean? Doesn't a Big Lie have to be easy to understand in order to qualify as a Big Lie? Why would women have to be "transcendent" in order to vote? Doesn't one have to be transcendent not in general but in regard to some obstacle that one has transcended?

Second, when Goebbels wrote this, he was probably advocating the use of the Big Lie and writing something of a "how to" manual on how to pull it off. Quoting this text and attributing it to him has the effect, in modern non-Nazi-sympathizing society, of making the Big Lie seem like a bad thing and something to be guarded against and fought with truth, does it not?

While I think Godwin's law is generally useful, I do worry that in some extreme cases it might be making the world safe for Nazi-like thought and behavior. If it's always unacceptable to compare someone to a Nazi, how do you deal with someone who merits such comparison?

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