“‘As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.’ In other words, Godwin observed that, given enough time, in any online discussion-regardless of topic or scope-someone inevitably makes a comparison to Hitler and the Nazis.” Wikipedia
I have not bothered to check this out. It is not that important. But assuming that Godwin’s Law is indeed valid, there are three reasons for invoking Hitler or Nazi analogies.
First, someone loses control, gets angry and insults someone else. Usually there is no good reason anyone else can see for this insult. Just mentioning Godwin’s law might deter this kind of reaction from an angry person. Everyone except the person hurling the insult understands this to be wrong.
Second, someone claims that there is no right or wrong. This should be rare, but sadly it is all too common. Hitler or the Nazi party is invoked because Hitler and the Nazi party are universally understood to be evil. It does not matter that Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin and others were far more evil. It is the concept of evil which is universally understood to be embodied in Hitler and the Nazi party. This is the sad reality when people abandon any kind of moral standards. These are the people who angrily shout; “Who are you to tell me what to do!” Personally, I know of no other way to deal with these kind of people except invoke Hitler and the Nazi party. If anyone has a better idea, I am open to suggestions.
Third is the Nazi propaganda technique of the Big Lie described by Adolph Hitler in Mein Kamp. That is, people will not fall for a simple lie. They can see through it too easily. Tell a big lie and keep repeating it. This concept of the Big Lie is the primary propaganda tool of progressives (the left) in this country. It is used because it is effective. It is also difficult to overcome. Once again, the only way I know of to deal with The Big Lie is to point out that what someone is saying is not true. Mentioning that this is a Nazi propaganda tool is usually not very effective, but it might work with some people.
Anyone who has a better idea about two and three, we welcome your comments.
One of the saddest lessons I learned about modern culture is the fact that many people jump to conclusions without reading more than one or two lines. The facebook post “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left,” Ecclesiastes 10:2, created a firestorm. Solomon wrote this 3000 years ago, but modern parallels seem obvious. It seems that people who think of themselves as modern “progressives” or the Left, do not know the history of these terms and become infuriated when they are used properly.
The most important meaning of left hand and right hand is the final judgment. “And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Matthew 25:32-34
The modern use of the “right” and “left” come from the French Revolution. In 1789 AD, the National Assembly in France divided between supporters of King Loius XVI who sat on the President’s right and supporters of the revolution who sat on the President’s left. The local French press called these political positions the right and the left. When the Legislative Assembly replaced the National Assembly with all new members in 1791, the self proclaimed “Innovators” or “Progressives” sat where the left sat in the National Assembly. Next to them, in the middle, sat the self proclaimed “moderates” or “centrists.” The remaining seats were called the “right” though these men represented many different views.
One hundred years later came the rise of Communism. Various groups, such as trade unions, civil rights movements and Utopians allied themselves with Communism and called themselves “the Left.” The phrases “Left” and “Progressive” were the labels these people chose for themselves and promoted in thousands of books, pamphlets and speeches. From Russia to the United States journalists began using these terms. The Left was the name of those who supported Communism in some way. People who partially supported some form of Communism were called “moderates” by the Communists and the Press. Whoever opposed Communism was called “the Right.” The terms left or progressive, center or moderate and “right wing” are neither insults nor precise. They have been used this way for over 200 years
The terms “right wing” or “the right” are Communist terms used by Communists. All that a Communist means by the term “right-wing” is “opposed to communism.” Joseph Stalin called Adolph Hitler “right wing” because Hitler’s Germany attacked Communism. Lenin called the supporters of the British crown “right wing.” In the United States, the term “right wing” means a supporter of the United States Constitution and private property.
Not every “progressive” today is a Communist. Today the terms “left wing” and “right wing” are so common that the meanings are blurred. But all “progressives” are some sect or denomination of Secular Humanism. Secular Humanism is known throughout the world, but in America it is now our Establishment of Religion. The main purpose of America’s government-funded school system exists to indoctrinate into this belief system. We explain the religion of Secular Humanism in more detail in our book Antidisestablishmentarianism. Our blog has both the preface and the introduction as well as links to purchase.