Things That Are Nazi-Like (Originally Published 2/7/11)

I'm going to make two lists for you, even though I know I'm preaching to the choir.

Here are some things that can be fairly compared to the acts of Nazis:

Genocide
Mass murder (I'm aware that those overlap, but they are not strictly the same thing)
Concentration Camps
Violent Anti-Semitism
Violent Racism (ditto the parenthetical above)
Leaders who encourage/support/instigate the things above
Propaganda that encourages/supports/instigates the things above
Ghettos in the original sense of the word.
A few other things, but you get the idea.

And here is what cannot be fairly compared to the acts of Nazis:

Almost everything else.

This happens on the right, and this happens on the left. It's more common for whichever side is not currently in the white house, but there are exceptions to this.

The point is, if you're trying to make an argument about a policy or a person you don't agree with, and they're not committing one of the acts in the first list, and the best thing you can come up with is to label them a “Nazi,” just shut up, because you've already lost.

Peace and love,
Justin PBG

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Justin Gerald

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