Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 256 of 365: Godwin's Law

I talk from time to time about invoking "Godwin's Law". In layman's terms, Godwin's Law states that an argument, giving enough time, will eventually result in someone comparing the other party to the Nazis or Hitler. In the internet world, if you make said comparison, you automatically lose the argument. It is seen as a sign that you've run out of strong arguments to make your case.

And, 9.9 times out of 10, it's necessary. No, Obama is not Hitler. No, Bush is not Hitler. No, the Republican Party is not the Nazi Party. They have their flaws (and when we're talking about the state of the now-ultra-conservative Republican party, they have a lot of flaws), but they're not committing genocide. Say what you want about Obamacare/ACA, but to put it on the same level as concentration camps is asinine and incorrect.

And, sometimes, you stumble across that .1 time out of 10, when the comparisons actually make sense. Usually, this involves comparing leaders of genocide. Stalin? Mao Zedong? Pol Pot? Kim Jong-Il? Momcilo Krajišnik? Alright, now we're getting somewhere.

But, more recently, I can't help but draw comparisons between what Russia has been doing and, well, Nazi Germany. Everything, right down to creating laws to direct hate towards a specific marginalized group in order to draw attention away from whatever the political leaders are doing (c'mon, are you really going to believe that the sudden anti-gay legislation was created because Putin woke up one morning and said, "Fuck those gays!"?).

And now Russia has two feet planted firmly in the Ukraine. And what new piece of law has just gone into effect in the Ukraine?

All Jewish residents now have to "register" themselves, lest they lose their citizenship, have their assets seized, and be deported.

Let me repeat: all Jewish people have to register who they are and where they live with the government.


I can't be eloquent in the face of this. This is some scary shit, people. This is some scary shit.

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