Thursday, March 20, 2008

Housekeeping

Okay, I lied. One last post and then I'm on vacation.

This is simply a house rule that I'm imposing. I am decreeing the Dilettante Codicil to Godwin's Law, to wit:

Use of the name Hitler or references to Nazis, unless specifically addressing the Third Reich or the career of George Lincoln Rockwell and his acolytes, is out of bounds. Those engaging in such invective (a) automatically lose whatever argument they are in, and (b) are subject to whatever mockery their opponents choose to deliver and/or are required to spend quality time with Jonah Goldberg.

Calling your opponents "Hitler Youth" or similar is not only intellectually lazy, it's just a crappy thing to do. I don't want to see it here. I will not censor anyone, but I really want to see that sort of thing cease around here. 'Kay?

Back on Saturday!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was intellectually lazy. I, of course, do not actually equate mainstream conservative views, or criticism of Obama, with Hitler, though I think that the suggestion that Democrats are socialists who hate America is also quite offensive and unwarranted. I used the Hitler Youth phrase out of frustration with what I perceived as the reaction to your rather balanced comments by those who in my opinion espoused a rigid idealogical view that nothing Obama or anyone else could say on the left was worthy of anything but derision. I am rather bitter that a candidate who in my view has not played "the race card" and has espoused the need for those who disagree about politics to stop villifiying each other could be accused of violating his precepts by giving a speach, in response to the orchestrated attacks against him based not on his words or views, but those of Reverend Wright, in which he disavowed the views of Wright. It is ironic and unfortunate that I used words of villification in my defense of Obama and my expression of the need for people of good will to actually listen to other viewpoints.

A. Truck Driver

Mark said...

Fair enough, good sir. I have little tolerance for the Hitler thing because (a) it's wrong and (b) it diminishes the enormity of what the Nazis actually did.

I'm also not real crazy about the crap about Limbaugh and the hookers and Viagara bottle, but I let that pass. Next time you'll need to show me evidence, though.

And because I try to be fair, I'll take your concerns about calling portsiders socialists under advisement. If it's wrong, I won't hesitate to call bullcrap on that, either.

Best,
Mark

Anonymous said...

Truck Driver you should have used the words of Bobby Knight in your apology: "In situations where I know I'm right, I have a tendency to over-react, and for that I apologize."

Strolling Amok said...

After the 'Soup Nazi' episode of Seinfeld the real NYC chef the character was based on was upset that they had used that term to describe him. He said he would have preferred the Soup Fascist.
In that spirit I always try to refer to my opponents in less historically charged terms, like 'theocratic, neo-fascist, crypto-bigot'. Thats a good one. Also - there's a statute of limitations on the offensiveness of historical terms I think. For instance I'm all good with calling people Jacobins or Torquemadistas.

Mark said...

For instance I'm all good with calling people Jacobins or Torquemadistas.

Tell me, good sir, who the hell is a Torquemadista these days? Seriously, I'd love to see who fits that description.

I seriously wonder who's a Jacobin these days, for that matter.

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