Donate to R Street, get a signed Godwin’s Law poster
Godwin was the originator of the widely cited Internet meme “Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies,” which in 2012 was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. He wrote recently in the Washington Post about its origin and continued relevance:
Invoking Hitler or Nazis (or World War II or the Holocaust) is common in public life these days, both in the United States and around the world, and it has been for quite a while. Back in 1990, I set out — half-seriously and half-whimsically — to do something about it….After some early energetic seeding on my part, “Godwin’s Law” took off in the early days of large-scale public access to the Internet. Users would see a poorly reasoned, hyperbolic invocation of Nazis or the Holocaust and call the arguer to account, claiming the shallow argument had proved (or, sometimes, had “violated”) Godwin’s Law. Soon after, Godwin’s Law propagated into the mainstream media as well. Democrats and Republicans alike invoke it from time to time — so do other political parties in the United States and around the world.
Godwin has spent his career advocating for Internet freedom and a less hyperbolic policy discourse. Your generous support of R Street will help him to continue his work and expand our reach in the sphere of global Internet policy. But he also can’t spend all day signing posters — after these limited-edition prints are gone, you’re out of luck.
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