The rise of Donald Trump has led to the suspension of Godwin's Law about the Nazis

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Monday 07 March 2016 17:00
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Hello there, internet user.

By our reckoning, there is a 99.9 per cent chance you have heard of Godwin's Law.

For those of you who check in less frequently (how did you get here?), Godwin's rule of Nazi analogies is an ancient internet adage asserting:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

What that means is: on the internet, it doesn't matter what you're talking about - sooner or later, a comparison to Hitler or Nazism will crop up.

American author Mike Godwin coined the term back in 1990, and not only has it proved pretty accurate since then, turns out it holds for offline stuff like articles and speeches.

But then, on June 16th 2015, a terrible happening occurred.

It shook world politics to its very core.

It made people ask fundamental questions about themselves and the world they want to live in.

And it now appears to have f--ked with natural laws too.

We are talking, of course, about Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - which, according to the rule's Wikipedia page, has led to the temporary suspension of Godwin's Law.

That's right, folks: since Trump is dominating so much of the conversation at the moment, and he's pretty much an actual fascist, we don't really need statistical laws to predict when someone will compare his run to the rise of Hitler or Nazism anymore.

It's, just, well... our daily, nightmareish reality.

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