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Topic # 205423 12-Nov-2016 15:19
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Donald is already providing pure gold on the Internet.


It seems Godwin, the inventor of Godwin's law, used to ban all comparisons between Hitler / Nazis and anything else for over 18 years has now been inspired by Trump to comment there are cases where comparin Trump to Hitler / Nazis is acceptable. Godwin himself has stated it is okay to use comparisons about Trump and Nazis, as long as the user is thoughtful about it.


Godwin has stated that he introduced Godwin's law in 1990 as an experiment in memetics.


Godwin's law does not claim to articulate a fallacy; it is instead framed as a memetic tool to reduce the incidence of inappropriate hyperbolic comparisons. "Although deliberately framed as if it were a law of nature or of mathematics, its purpose has always been rhetorical and pedagogical: I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about the Holocaust", Godwin has written.


In December 2015, Godwin commented on the Nazi and fascist comparisons being made by several articles on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying that "If you're thoughtful about it and show some real awareness of history, go ahead and refer to Hitler or Nazis when you talk about Trump. Or any other politician.




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  Reply # 1668638 12-Nov-2016 16:15
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