Saturday, January 29, 2011

No Nazi Name Calling

It's been a longstanding policy on our companion email list, the Cleveland Park Listserv, that nobody can ever call somebody else a "Nazi."

There are two reasons for this. First, it diminishes and degrades the horrors that the Nazis perpetrated. Second, it's a weak argument -- calling somebody a "Nazi" is the weakest form of rhetoric, and once you've invoked Nazi, you've lost the argument.

Comparing somebody to a Nazi is, unfortunately, common on both TV and in politics. Click here for Jon Stewart's report on how Nazi name calling is used by the media.

We're asking people to take a pledge not to use Nazi name calling in any argument. You're welcome to sign onto this pledge at You can read more about the No Nazi Name Calling campaign on the website.

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
All Life Is Local

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