Battlepanda: Short-circuiting Godwin's Law


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Short-circuiting Godwin's Law

Theodore Beale, a.k.a. Vox Day, "Christian libertarian," misogynist, and holder of both the "Most Pretentious Nom de Plume" and "Worst Haircut" titles among internet punditry, had this to say about the prospect of massive deportation of illegal immigrants:
Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society.
Yes, rather than waiting for a critic to point out that rounding up Mexicans and deporting them is positively Naziesque, to which his defenders can reply, "Godwin's Law, dude!" thereby winning the debate in accordance with long-established internet flame-war rules dating back to 1990, Beale has courageously chosen to immediately end* all discussion of his favored immigration policy by making the Nazi comparison himself.

Positively brilliant!

(Via digby, who I believe holds the internet punditry title for "Least Pretentious Nom de Plume." I don't know anything about digby's haircut.)

*Yes, pedants, I know it's a split infinitive.