Absolutely Adequate wrote: I don't know about that - I was simply using hyperbole to show why hyperbole has no place in a political discussion.
It may have been a very valid point. All that Goodwin's Law states is that it was inevitable the connection would be made. Once it is made, the debate (almost without exception) will deteriorate into either a discussion about Nazis or a discussion about Goodwin's Law. There isn't much else you can do except killfile the topic.
I think Goodwin's law should be extended to cover all sorts of hyperbole from "Liberals hate free speech" to "Personally they deserve what happens to them. If thats a beheading of one of there family members, so be it!"
There is an offshoot of Goodwin's law that talked about Libertarianism. Don't remember the exact thesis but it was something like every newsnet discussion is about Libertarianism, anytime a discussion shifts focus it will undoubtly return to the topic for fuel. There is quite a few people who are pushing for Bin Laden to be added to Goodwin's Law, but he is just the flavor of the week and doesn't destroy a thread nearly as much as a Hitler reference.
Things like "Liberals hate free speech" can usually just be dismissed as trolls.