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Godwins Law

Guest Author -- Donald Trump, The Apprentice Demagogue

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So when political science Professor Kenneth Janda asked if he could write a column making a more academic comparison (instead of just hurling insults), I thought it'd be a great idea.

Not Exactly Brain Surgery

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.26.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ben Carson's rise is hard to explain. He's now leading the polls in Iowa, and while he's still trailing Trump nationally, he is slowly catching up (a claim absolutely none of the other GOP candidates can make). Carson is, in some ways, the anti-Trump.

10 Times Politicians and Pundits Have Played the Nazi Card, and Why It Has to Stop

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Saying 'this is like the Nazis' or 'that is like the Holocaust' is one of the great rhetorical temptations around and, unfortunately, too many succumb to it's allure.

Friday Talking Points -- McConnell For Sale!

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Pennsylvania's pornography scandal just keeps getting worse. So far, four people employed by prosecutors' offices have been forced out. Next in line is a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice Seamus McCaffery.

WSJ Defends Paranoid Rich Guy, Naturally

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business

The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has come out swinging in defense of Tom Perkins, the 82-year-old venture capitalist who compared what he call...

Rich Man Doubles Down On Warning That Poor People Are Basically Nazis

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business

Maybe you thought rich maniac Thomas Perkins was kidding or drunk when he wrote that the Poors were basically Nazis preparing to Holocaust him to deat...

Blogger Compares Slain TSA Agent To Nazis

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.04.2013 | Los Angeles

Are Transportation Security Administration agents like Nazis? Blogger Rachel Burger seems to think so. Here's what Burger wrote on a libertarian w...

Historical Comparisons to Jim Crow Era or Nazi Germany Are Foolish

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Eliyahu Federman

Historical analogies are almost always ridiculous, offensive and inaccurate. Calling someone you disagree with a Nazi, fascist or white supremacist does not advance your argument.

A Few Days After Veterans Day

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

Have we, those no longer in service, met our obligations to those still serving and to those who will serve? Have we honestly and critically examined our most recent histories and reported, candidly, what we saw, what we did, what we accomplished, whether or not it was worth it and what it meant?

Godwin's Law, the Speaker and the Press

Dan Kennedy | Posted 09.10.2012 | Media
Dan Kennedy

And so it was in mid-May, when state Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, a Republican, grew frustrated with what he saw as efforts by Speaker O'Brien, also a Republican, to silence him. So Vaillancourt directed a toxic remark at O'Brien: "Seig Heil." He was ejected from the chamber and forced to apologize.

Restoring Sanity in the Blogosphere: Discovering Godwin's Law

Lori Day | Posted 12.25.2011 | Home
Lori Day

Given enough time, in any online discussion, regardless of topic or scope, someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.

PHOTOS: 11 Most Offensive Comparisons To Hitler

Rudolph Herzog | Posted 07.10.2011 | Books
Rudolph Herzog

I came across a rather intriguing concept that was put forward by the American attorney Mike Godwin. He postulated "Godwin's Law" in 1990 which states that the more heated a debate becomes, the more likely it seems that someone will be called a Nazi.

$#*! Your Congressman Says: Devin Nunes' Wild Rant on California Water

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

It seems that all this particular Congressman is trying to do is be even more outrageous than talk show hosts and political extremists. Perhaps that plays in his district, but it does nothing to actually work to solve California's water problems.

Friday Talking Points [128] -- Merry Bartonmas!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Christmas has come in June for the Democratic Party. Republican Joe Barton just delivered a huge, nicely wrapped present to Democrats. The only ques...

Jason Linkins

California Democrats Have Already Managed To Turn Governor's Race Into A Nazi-Themed Mess | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Primaries are over in the California governor's race, and with these initial contests past, I'm sure that we can expect the two contenders, Democrat J...