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Comment Re:OK, but... (Score 1) 89

What do you mean "you should be able to explain"?

That's absurd. If you're talking to somebody who shares NONE of your cultural values, you can never convince them of anything. You have to start your argument from some point of agreement.

Hitler is used because he is the ONLY universally shared cultural value.

Comment even Godwin misunderstood Godwin's Law (Score 1) 89

Godwin's Law is true, but apparently even Godwin doesn't understand why.

People inevitably make Hitler comparisons because it's the only moral bedrock we have left. There is no other issue upon which we can all be expected to agree.

Here's how Internet discussions work:

I say "X is bad". Somebody disagrees, so I say "X is bad because Y is bad". Somebody says "but Y isn't bad", so I have to say "Y is bad because Z is bad". Given the vast diversity of the Internet, there's going to be somebody who says "but Z isn't bad". To make my argument I have to find some basic moral bedrock, a thing that is so bad that we can ALL agree it's bad. Hitler is the ONLY thing that fits that description, so eventually every discussion will get there. That's why Godwin's Law is true.

Godwin's Law is about the fact that humans don't agree about morality. No more, no less.

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall