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How did 9/11 affect you?
I was terrified. 10%
My relative/friend/pet/livelihood died in it. 5%
I got bored of hearing about it everywhere and eventually went mad. 10%
I broke out in hives. I'm allergic to terrorism. 10%
I compared it to everything I could before Godwin's Law could be amended. 15%
America must die! Allahu Akbar! 45%
When? 5%

Votes: 20

 New Twist on Godwin's Law

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
May 26, 2002
Godwin's Law states that the longer that a debate or argument goes on, the more likely it is that someone will make a reference to Nazi Germany or some facet thereof and make a point of it., or something along those lines. I propose an amendment to it.

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Now, in our post-September 11 world, I think that Godwin's Law should be expanded to include the attacks on our country. How many times have you been in a discussion of a completely unrelated topic, only to have someone make a reference to 9/11? It is becoming the new fad thing to do, since Nazi Germany is too far gone in this generation's memories to have any substantial effect as an ad hominem attack.

While I do agree, as any government censorship-fearing American does, that the 9/11 attacks were terrible, I do believe that you should just let it go, and not make cockamamey references to it to try to win an argument. Godwin's Law also states that if you use a reference to Nazi Germany, then you automatically lose the debate if you invoke the Law.

Don't break the Law. Use good facts to back up your argument, not emotional and ad hominem points, and God bless America.


The law (none / 0) (#1)
by First Incision on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 04:23:17 PM PST
You misunderstand the law. It says that eventually, someone will either compare one of the debaters, or some other point to Nazi Germany or Hitler. Then Godwin's Law is invoked, and the conversation is OVER.

For example:
"I think guns should be outlawed."

"Guns were outlawed in Nazi Germany. You sir, are a Nazi!"

"Godwin's Law! Discussion Over!"
Do you suffer from late-night hacking? Ask your doctor about Protonix.

RTFFAQ (5.00 / 2) (#2)
by dmg on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 04:31:12 PM PST
If you had taken time out to read the FAQ, you will find that adequacy does not support Godwin's law. If you are a Nazi, you can fully expect the intelligent readership of adequacy to point it out. We will not consider a discussion closed simply because someone is correctly identified as a sympathiser of Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist party.

In fact, your censorious ideas are quite remisicent of the laws of the Third Reich, and in fact, it makes me think that perhaps you are a Nazi!

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Oh come on (none / 0) (#3)
by PotatoError on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 06:06:47 PM PST

blahh if that causes anyone offense then they have serious problems.

Re: (none / 0) (#6)
by tkatchev on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 10:59:42 PM PST
When you support TERRORISM your supporting HITLER and the NAZI'S.

Peace and much love...

Nonesense (none / 0) (#7)
by walwyn on Mon May 27th, 2002 at 01:32:39 AM PST
You are not supporting Hitler but the French Revolution.

That makes sense. (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by tkatchev on Mon May 27th, 2002 at 10:56:48 AM PST
Without the French Revolution we would never have had a Hitler -- seeing as the French Revolution was the first practical attempt at building a liberalist society in the "real world".

The Russian revolution of 1917 was the second, and Hitler's Third Reich was the third.

Peace and much love...

You forget (none / 0) (#9)
by walwyn on Mon May 27th, 2002 at 03:59:26 PM PST
Cromwell and the Commonwealth.

You're right. (none / 0) (#10)
by tkatchev on Mon May 27th, 2002 at 09:25:48 PM PST
But for some reason, nobody cares about Cromwell.

Peace and much love...

Cromwell ? (5.00 / 1) (#11)
by dmg on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 06:34:30 AM PST
I know very little about the history of insignificant nations like the UK, but wasn't Cromwell a pious and religious man just trying to worship God the best way he could in an increasingly secular world ? (Somewhat similar to the misunderstood Talibs of today's Afghanistan). Indeed had the Interregnum been permanent(!) the UK might not be the revolting and disgusting cess-pool of liberalism, crypto-liberalism, quasi-liberalism and neo-liberalism that it is today. (see 'Big Brother' for evidence).

Surely the liberalist rot set in with Henry VIII with his murdering and divorce and extra-marital affairs and trying to elevate his status above that of God's representative on Earth i.e. the Pope.

time to give a Newtonian demonstration - of a bullet, its mass and its acceleration.
-- MC Hawking

Up to a point. (none / 0) (#13)
by tkatchev on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 11:04:44 AM PST
Without free will, the distinction between liberalism and everything else blurs.

Besides, the "piety" of Cromwell is extremely misguided, at best.

Peace and much love...

Aw! Only an Anglophile... (none / 0) (#14)
by walwyn on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 12:52:45 PM PST
...would expend as much energy in attacking Britain's enemies, defending the British aristocracy, industry, currency, comedians, and culture.

Admit it dmg you are in love.

Tell that to the Irish (nt) (none / 0) (#12)
by walwyn on Tue May 28th, 2002 at 09:08:55 AM PST

Hives? (none / 0) (#4)
by because it isnt on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 06:28:28 PM PST
I've always wondered what hives are, and why people break out in them. I just get this image of some red hexagonal lattice rash appearing on people's skin, with honey oozing out... if they're poked hard enough, a hexagon bursts open and a swarm of angry bees pour from the wound... -- because it isn't

Hives (none / 0) (#5)
by Anonymous Reader on Sun May 26th, 2002 at 06:52:20 PM PST
Imagine having chicken pox but much worst



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