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"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 

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

"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."

"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"

"I don't wanna bring up the Holocaust — I know, I know, the Holocaust!
But the Holocaust was a really big deal!
Remember that we suffered!"
Naomi Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: "Remember that we Suffered"

    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!

Calvin: I'm going to hang around the drugstore all afternoon and eat candy and read comic books!
Calvin's Mom: Oh, no, you're not!
Calvin: Why not?!
Calvin's Mom: Because I'm your mother and I said so. Get back in here. AND YOU CAN STOP GOOSESTEPPING AROUND THE HOUSE!

Rosalyn: It's my job to watch you, and that's what I'm going to do, even if I have to strap you to a chair. Got it?
Calvin: (clicking his heels and doing the Nazi salute) Jawohl, mein Führer!
Rosalyn: (grabbing Calvin by the shirt) Care to repeat that little comment?
Calvin: I said I'm not going anywhere. Leggo.


"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

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.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
"My friend said to me, 'So, you're saying, if you saw Hitler walking down the street, you wouldn't kill him?' I said, that's not what I'm saying. But...okay! Let's talk about this completely different thing! So, if I saw Hitler walking down the street...first of all, are you talking, like, in full uniform, with the mustache and everything? Like, an actor? I'm not gonna kill that guy! And possibly ruin Indiana Jones 5! Or, do you mean a really, really old man? Who kinda, sorta, looks like Hilter? Based on my vague recollection from grade school? I'm not gonna kill that guy! Because I am often wrong! 'What did you just do?!' 'I killed that guy! He looked like Hitler!' 'A little!'"'


Cindy Lou: My Daddy says he won't argue the rights or wrongs of it, but that the class he was born to is the class he wants to survive.
Wickfield: Your father is a realist.
Breed (Angrily turning on Wickfield): You call it Realism here. You call it Fascism over there!
Wickfield: Now, now, Madison!
Breed: All right! We'll scrap the Appomattox Treaty—wipe out the Dixie war guilt lie—stand for the economic nationalism of the South, the right to persecute minorities. Secession again!
Wickfield (Angry again): Now! Now!
(Breed gives the Rebel yell.)
Breed: That's Mein Kampf! (Clicks heels and gives the Nazi salute to Wickfield) Heil Bethany! Heil the 1938 Dictatorship out of the Ku Klux Klan by the spook of Robert E. Lee! (Exits to terrace.)
Kiss the Boys Good-bye



"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

"...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")

"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!"

"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.

"“Look at it like this. I’m Churchill. Brad [Torgersen] is FDR. We wound up on the same side as Stalin.”
Larry Correia on Vox Day

"How, exactly, did anyone “wind up” here? One does not simply “wind up” allied to Josef Stalin. This is a process that requires some effort. It is a process during which one is afforded many opportunities to stop and say “wait a moment, I seem to be allying with Josef Stalin, maybe I should reconsider my life choices.”"
El Sandifer, "Guided By the Beauty of Their Weapons"

"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."

"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 
"It will be seen that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox-hunting, bull-fighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-shek, homosexuality, Priestley’s broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else."
George Orwell, "As I Please," Tribune, March 24, 1944

"I must tell you that a socialist policy is abhorrent to British ideas on freedom. [...] A socialist state could not afford to suffer opposition - no socialist system can be established without a political police. [...] No Socialist Government conducting the entire life and industry of the country could afford to allow free, sharp, or violently worded expressions of public discontent. They [the Labour Party] would have to fall back on some form of Gestapo."
— Prime Minister Winston Churchill, election broadcast of 4th June 1945

"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

"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)

"Many of those people involved in Adolph Hitler were Satanists. Many of them were homosexuals. The two things seem to go together."
Pat Robertson

"The homosexual agenda is just like Islam: there is no room for dissent, there is no room to leave. Once you're in, you can't leave."
Bryan Fischer, 2010 Values Voter Summit

"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

"I still believe in global warming. Do you?"
Ted Kaczynski a.k.a. The Unabomber, Charles Manson, and Fidel Castro, 2012 Heartland Institute campaign

"And it reminds me so much of the summer that I was an exchange student in the Soviet Union back in the Seventies and I was shocked when they were saying "no, the children don't belong to parents, they belong to the state"...It just sent chills because it took me back to the Seventies when that's what the Soviet Union used to say and we know how well that worked out."
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on his opposition to sex education

"AVfM regards feminists, manginas, white knights, and other agents of misandry as a social malignancy. We do not consider them well intentioned or honest agents for their purported goals and extend to them no more courtesy or consideration than we would clansmen [sic], skinheads, neo Nazis or other purveyors of hate.”
Paul Elam, Men's Rights Activist

"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

""It is fine to say that many of Nazism's concerns were held by people who were not Nazis. But the fact that these conventionally leftist views were held by Nazis suggests that Nazism isn't as alien to mainstream progressive thought as some would have us believe."
Jonah Goldberg, on animal rights being a fascist position

"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

''" With George McGovern as President of the United States, we wouldn't have Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago.
US Senator Abraham Ribicoff, 1968 Democratic National Convention

"[labeling anyone you disagree with] 'Alt Right' is the new way of succumbing to Godwin's Law."
Sargon of Akkad aka Carl Benjamin


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