Quotes: Godwin's Law

The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies 'something not desirable.'
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language", 1946

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    Comic Books 

You know the rule — all debate ends when it gets to Hitler.

    Live-action TV 

It's 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon', except there's just one degree, and Kevin Bacon is Hitler.

NAZI GERMANY? Why, that's my LEAST FAVORITE kind of Germany! You got your regular Germany, your Weimar Germany, your Visigoths, your Hasselhoffs, but oh my God, Ted Cruz says we're at DEFCON NAZI!
The Daily Show rebuts Ted Cruz (R-TX)

This week, a Georgia congressman said, "I'm not comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there's the potential of going down that road." Well, Congressman, I'm not comparing your head to a butt-plug, but it does seem to spend a lot of time up your ass.
Bill Maher, Real Time with Bill Maher

I mean, if you want to have a gay wedding, fine, go ahead. If I don’t want to bake you a cake for your gay wedding, that’s okay too. Or should be. That’s called tolerance. But when you try and force me to bake a cake for your gay wedding and threaten me with prison if I don’t, that’s called fascism.

Judge Greenspan: Mr. Soprano, do you have a problem with wearing an electronic bracelet?
Uncle Junior: It sounds like Nazi Germany to me!
Judge Greenspan: Obviously you need a history lesson, sir.
The Sopranos, "Do Not Resuscitate"

    Newspaper Comics 

Ratbert: I'm debating on the internet! Ha ha! I'm winning every argument by saying the same thing!
Dilbert: What's that?
Ratbert: "How would you like it if Hitler killed you?"
Dilbert: (incensed) Hey, I debated you last night!

    Radio 

Duncan: This is outrageous, Angus, you're just trying to lead me into the sort of self-incriminating argument that frankly wouldn't be out of place in one of Stalin's show trials.
Angus: I take exception to that, that's the sort of meaningless smear used by Goebbels under the Third Reich.
Duncan: You're like Stalin.
Angus: You are Hitler.

    Webcomics 

This conversation proves that the only thing dumber than an argument on the internet is the same argument in real life.
Marten, from Questionable Content, here

Informant: General, Italian forces have entered Egypt.
General: As I expected. This is a foolish move by Mussolini, but like Hitler he will no doubt force his commanders to—
Informant: Hey, Godwin's Law.
General: Dammit. (beat) You know, this may become a problem.

    Web Original 

"Re, re, re your post,
Gently down the thread
Hitler and Stalin and Godwin and Nazis
Now the horse is dead"
"ClassicDrogn", on the Drunkard's Walk Forums, 2/26/06

But that's good because 'Godwin' includes 'God' and 'win'. So, when you post a picture of Hitler in front of an article, you can say 'In the name of God, I win the argument.' Godwin's point.

Hitler: We must rid ourselves of ze Jews. We will go after their businesses, burn their synagogues. We will move them into ghettos and ultimately death camps, killing millions.
Officer: So it will be like in 2014 when someone isn't nice to a rich guy?
Hitler: That would be ze most appropriate comparison I could think of, yes.
Political cartoon by Matt Bors that inverts the trope

This month’s adventures into mopiness kick off with a week-long storyline where two guys sit around complaining about the hysteria that surrounds violent video games...I am totally with [Tom] Batiuk on this one. I agree with him a hundred percent, right down to his comparison of stuff like this to the same thing that led Concerned Parents™ to blame the decline of Western civilization on Tales From the Crypt after Seduction of the Innocent was published. That said, I think he might be overselling things just a little bit here when he gets around to comparing kids who play video games to the twenty people who were executed for witchcraft in 1692. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll agree that it’s the same kind of fearmongering, but I’m reasonably sure that no one in Ohio was crushed to death under a pile of stones for refusing to admit that they bought Grand Theft Auto.

Then again, it just wouldn’t be Funky Winkerbean without a conversation turning inevitably to historical murder.
Chris Sims on Funky Winkerbean

Lois also calls Lex Luthor a fascist. Good grief...I have FRIENDS, best buddies, who have done stuff worse to me than Lex has, and I wouldn't call them fascists. Fascists burn people in ovens and take over countries. Lex, if anything, is a lasseiz-faire businessman with questionable ethics who once tortured a semi-aquatic superhero that anyone with any respect for what such cheesy characters do to the comic genre might have tortured as well.
Neal Bailey on Smallville ("Fanatic")

Most of us are so used to Kanye filling our heads with dried dingles of delusion, if he said, 'I AM LIKE THE JEWS AND THE PAPARAZZI ARE LIKE HITLER', we’d just roll our eyes a little to the left and continue chewing our breakfast sandwich. Kanye doesn’t compare the paparazzi to Hitler, but he does say that being a celebrity today is like being black in the 1960s. Either I wasn’t totally paying attention during the lesson on the Civil Rights Movement in the 6th grade or Kanye’s brain has been switched with that of a dead sloth, because I somehow missed the part where black people were given Givenchy gowns to wear to their protests and instead of getting attacked by police dogs and beaten by racists, they had their picture taken and were asked to sign autographs. I was taught wrong! The American education system is really leaving every child behind. Kuntye should be named Secretary of Education, so he can teach the children how history really went.

Michael Moriarty is probably most famous as a stage and screen actor (a central role in the Law & Order show), and somewhat famous as a jazz musician, but has also made a mark as a political writer, describing himself both as a “centrist” and as a realist”. It is doubtful that anyone else would use either description of him.

Most of his writings seems to be focused on his opposition to abortion (as well as stem cell research), calling Roe v. Wade “despotic”, which is not a very apt description regardless of whether one agrees with the decision or not. But of course, it is easy to see where it comes from: Moriarty doesn’t like legalized abortion, and he doesn’t like despotism, so therefore legalized abortion is despotism...and the evidence Obama is a Marxist? Well, Moriarty doesn’t like Obama and he doesn’t like Marxism, therefore … you know how it goes.

Oh. My. God. Jeff Tweedy IS a Nazi!! Oh crap, now I see that the people condemning him were absolutely right, he has sold us all out! I bet marrying my Jewish sister was just a ruse to further his white supremacist agenda. All that liberal twaddle he spouts at his concerts is just a front ... Dammit, that’s the last time that turncoat comes to our Yom Kippur services!
Danny Miller (Tweedy's brother-in-law), in response to a thread complaining about Wilco songs in VW ads.

Antiwar activists liked to try to tar George W. Bush with the Hitler appellation, and, now that Barack Obama is in power, right wing Tea Party types have an even greater tendency to try to paint (or to slime) Obama with the very same brush. So, from that perspective, I get it. Hitler and the Nazis are an excellent all-purpose tool to demonize your opponents. Just compare them to Hitler! It’s easy! It’s also incredibly stupid in most cases. If you don’t believe me, just check out the last couple of times that I’ve seen anti-vaccinationists comparing their opponents to the Nazis or likening vaccine programs to the Holocaust.

Yes, those two examples were really dumb, but I think I just found something even dumber. It’s an article by Hilary Butler. This time around, Ms. Butler pulls out all the stops, asking Are non vaccinators the “new Jews”? ...I’ll take ignorant historical analogies for $1,000, Alex.
Orac

You're Hitler. Don't argue with me. I know you have an overwhelming urge to invade Poland right now.'

This goes for any debate; if you're tempted to make comparisons to Hitler or Nazis or the Holocaust, you need to stop and re-examine what you're doing.
A NaNoWriMo moderator, here.

    Web Video 

Bugdorf: The Democrats call conservative activists "brownshirts" and claim they wear Swastikas!
Hitler: Fucking hell! The people with those little "Don't Tread On Me" flags?
Bugdorf: And everybody draws your little moustache on their political opponents.
Hitler: You cannot be fucking serious.

    Real Life 

Whatever its claims, Queen isn't here just to entertain. This group has come to make it clear exactly who is superior and who is inferior. Its anthem, 'We Will Rock You,' is a marching order: you will not rock us, we will rock you. Indeed, Queen may be the first truly fascist rock band. The whole thing makes me wonder why anyone would indulge these creeps and their polluting ideas.
Dave Marsh, in his review of Jazz by Queen, Rolling Stone, Feb. 6, 1979

I haven't used that term on this program in years. But it still gets to 'em, doesn't it? And you know why? Because it's right. Because it's accurate.
Rush Limbaugh on "Feminazis" (Although he never actually stopped using the term)

Hitler came to power against the strong feminist movement in Germany, padlocked the family planning clinics, and declared abortion a crime against the state—all views that more closely resemble Rush Limbaugh's.
Gloria Steinem

You're a fascist, Mr. Bush! Resign!
Keith Olbermann, special comment in 2007.

Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice.
Gregg Easterbrook reviews Kill Bill

Hitler decided that it was the only empathetic thing to do, to put this child down and put him out of his suffering. It was the beginning of the T4, which led to genocide everywhere. It was the beginning of it. Empathy leads you to very bad decisions many times.

I mean, that's the morality of the Holocaust. 'Well, it's only a small percentage,' you know. 'I mean, it's not you, it's somebody else.'
Grover Norquist, on the inheritance tax.

The EPA, the Gestapo of government, pure and simply [sic] has been one of the major claw-hooks that the government maintains on the backs of our constituents.
—Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX)

Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. Maybe it's time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.
Bryan Fischer on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

I can't imagine Arizonans now reverting to German Nazi and Russian Communist techniques whereby people are required to turn one another in to the authorities on any suspicion of documentation.
Cardinal Roger Mahony on the Arizona immigration law.

When we just saw that man, I think it was [PZ Myers], talking about how great scientists were, I was thinking to myself the last time any of my relatives saw scientists telling them what to do they were telling them to go to the showers to get gassed …that’s where science leads you. Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people.
Ben Stein

Importantly, Hitler’s genocide was framed as a program “for the betterment of society” — the exact same words used in America today to justify forced vaccination of children.
—"Health freedom" advocate Mike Adams

Soccer is like the metric system, which liberals also adore because it’s European. Naturally, the metric system emerged from the French Revolution, during the brief intervals when they weren’t committing mass murder by guillotine.
Ann Coulter on the World Cup

Net Neutrality is the marxism of the tech world.
Milo "Nero" Yiannopoulos, 11.13.14 Tweet

Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want all the power of the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal CDC — They (sic) going to be calling people and finding out how many fruits and vegetables you eat (sic) today. This is socialism of the highest order!
—Rep. Paul Collins Broun, Jr. (R-GA)

As soon as you label me, or anyone, a bigot, with nothing to support such a toxic charge, you lose the argument.
Robert Avrech