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    Jerome a Paris, nehark, epppie

    I'll note that Godwin's Law has been uesd, particularly in the last six years, to shut down legitimate debate about the direction our country has taken.

    You cannot "invoke" Godwin's law.

    A substantial portion of people on the internet (and off) simply do not understand Godwin's law--either through ignorance or willful misinterpretation. The Godwin, himself, says that using "Godwin's Law" to shut down political discussion in which Nazis are relevant is both contrary to the spirit of the law and also dangerously fascistic in and of itself.

    Godwin's law is "As the length of a conversation approaches infinite posts, the probability that comparisons to Nazis or Hitler will enter into it approaches 1:1."

    Nothing more, nothing less.

    The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

    by Shapeshifter on Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 10:50:29 PM PDT

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