Thursday, October 30, 2014
#GodwinsLaw Corollary: #TheReidAct as a Counter to Koch Brothers Hitler-like Demonization.
I'm sure you all enjoy the Koch Brother's being the Left's mega-evil boogey men. It's gotten so unhinged that there are really serious, dangerous loons now connecting Hitler to Bush to the Kochs via convoluted logic to some oil deals dating back to the 1930s.
Last night @MrGeology (BanCollectivism) and me (The Awesome @PeeteySDee) interacted with one such loon (https://twitter.com/HowitzerDoogie). He was pushing this insane flow chart connecting Koch's to Nazis with the Bushes and Rove and Arnold... it's simply Glenn Beckish in scope, although I'd argue Beck's research certainly has more credibility and robustness behind it.
It made me realize that Godwin's Law has grown beyond just Hitlerian invocation into an argument. With Harry Reid's incessant railing of them on the Senate floor about the Koch's, the Left has totally taken on the Koch's as a modern Hitler surrogate.
So, I created what I'm calling a Godwin's Law corollary called the #TheReidAct (but I'm open to a better name).
Simply, it is Godwin's Law, but applied to the Koch's instead of Hitler, which they are "clearly" tied to by history, based on this flow chart, right?
Godwin's Law simply stated is (from Godwin's Law on Wikipedia): As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism."
More on it's usage:
Godwin's law applies especially to inappropriate, inordinate, or hyperbolic comparisons of other situations (or one's opponent) with Nazis – often referred to as "playing the Hitler card". The law and its corollaries would not apply to discussions covering known mainstays of Nazi Germany such as genocide, eugenics, or racial superiority, nor, more debatably, to a discussion of other totalitarian regimes or ideologies, if that was the explicit topic of conversation, because a Nazi comparison in those circumstances may be appropriate, in effect committing the fallacist's fallacy. Whether it applies to humorous use or references to oneself is open to interpretation, because this would not be a fallacious attack against a debate opponent.
Please remember Godwin's Law and the #TheReidAct when thinking about Progressive arguments about this kind of stuff. We have got to continually humiliate and mercilessly mock these people and their ideas for the idiots they truly are. For more information on "dealing with the brainwashed," check out Jim Goad's article from Takimag. It's got electrolytes.