Monday, 23 August 2010

Reductio ad Hitlerum

Is it possible to write about this story of 'young people' in Kent who have been suitably brainwashed and are now filming themselves assualting smokers, the outgroup untermensch in this instance, and doing so with the approval of their school and the prior knowledge of the local constabulary, without falling foul of Godwin's Law?

Words fail me, they really do.



5 comments:

The Fatch said...

This story makes me long for the disproportionate reaction. Along the lines of the boy who when I was in school on hearing he had been called fat by one of the kids in his class stood on his desk and kicked the perpetrator in the face. It sets a nice precedent and evens out for all the acts that went unpunished.

Longrider said...

Godwin's law can only be applied where there is no reasonable parallel. In this case, there are clear parallels with the indoctrination and behaviour of the Hitler Youth.

Chris said...

Easily. Refer to "1984" and Junior Spies, or to the Red Guard of the Maoist Cultural Revolution ("Confess your crimes old man!"), or to Green 'activists' who put their morality above the law, rather than to the old standby of the Hitlerjugend.

Right wing nutters don't have a monopoly on harnessing the naivete and righteousness of the young and impressionable.

Anonymous said...

Chris at 12.17pm - Mao's Cultural Revolution also came to my mind. They say it could never happen here...

JimmyGiro said...

Fuck Godwin, here's a quote from Atlas Shrugged:

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris."We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against. We're after power and we mean it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

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