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Mike Godwin, an attorney and author, coined something called Godwin’s law in 1990, when internet discussion boards were first proliferating. Godwin’s law famously posits, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1.” (In other words, if an online discussion persists long enough, someone will eventually compare a person or thing to Hitler or his ideology.)
In the years since he introduced the law, it has become a mainstay of internet discussion boards. And as it has proliferated, the general understanding of the law has grown less precise; though Godwin’s law is not intended to be used to penalize people for invoking Hitler, it’s often invoked now to claim that debaters who compare each other to Hitler have “violated” Godwin’s law. The penalty: The person who referenced Hitler or Nazis automatically loses the argument. A gentler version holds that once Hitler comes up in a debate, the conversation has outlived its usefulness.
“The best way to prevent future holocausts, I believe, is not to forbear from Holocaust comparisons,” he wrote in The Washington Post in 2015, amid the rise of Trump. “[I]nstead, it’s to make sure that those comparisons are meaningful and substantive.” Though some have used Godwin’s law to push back on comparisons between white nationalists and Nazis, the law was originally intended to preserve the strength of those Nazi comparisons for times when they are genuinely merited ― for example, when an “alt-right” gathering openly associates itself with Nazi ideology and insignia.
Mike Godwin @sfmnemonic
By all means, compare these #heads to Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you.
5:03 PM - Aug 13, 2017
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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
You know what's crazy? Almost every thread on ATS has something to do with racism or white nationalism the last few days. Seems like every time the media picks up a story and runs with it so does ATS. It used to not be that way but now this place ebbs and flows with the MSM narrative.
originally posted by: LesMisanthrope
The Nazis were not white supremacists. They considered whites, for instance Slav, Ukrainian, Croatians, and Poles, as inferior, and to be enslaved and exterminated. The Nazis believed in Nordicism, that the Aryan race was superior, even more so than other whites. They were all duped by pseudoscientific race theories.