Paul Krugman is understandably at his wits end with the relentless conservative dogma still wielded as fact. So, he proposes an extension to Godwin’s law (that at some point, politician will use a Nazi/Hitler analogy to win a debate). The rules are that anyone who:
1. Responds to calls for more government action in some area —
employment creation, health care, whatever — by invoking the example of
the Soviet Union
2. Responds to suggestions that moderate inflation and/or dollar depreciation is acceptable by invoking the example of Zimbabwe
3. Responds to any demonstration that projected debt levels, while
high, are within the range advanced countries have successfully dealt
with in the past by invoking the example of Argentina
be summarily consigned to the outer darkness.
I’m in whole hearted agreement here. These are the classic lines wheeled out by conservatives still cocksure that their ideas are still relevant. They aren’t, so they need to stop using them.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.