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The Platonic Ideal of Stupidity?

Posted by That Other Mike on 23/06/2010

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

First Corrollary: “Whoever introduces the comparison, loses the argument.”

Thomas Sowell has approached the apotheosis of the Corrollary by Self-Godwining in three words.

Well done, Thomas! At last, something you can be proud of!

Update: Hippie Prof has a fuller post over at his blog.

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4 Responses to “The Platonic Ideal of Stupidity?”

  1. hippieprof said

    You know, I have never much liked Thomas Sowell, and I am reminded why. I love this line:

    Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.

    Indeed. BP has good lawyers. They probably knew that, yes? Why didn’t they just say “See you in court….”

    The answer: This was a negotiated settlement. They apparently didn’t like the other stuff that was on the table, had they not forked over the 20 billion.

    I wrote a longer piece on this over on my own blog, but this is the gist. What is being called “unconstitutional” here would be called “tough negotiating” had it been done by the other side.

  2. Indeed; for all his claimed accomplishments, Sowell is either an intellectual lightweight or simply pandering to the same idiots who seem to think that the very existence of the Democratic Party is a Constitutional infringement.

  3. hippieprof said

    Sowell is either an intellectual lightweight or simply pandering to the same idiots who seem to think that the very existence of the Democratic Party is a Constitutional infringement.

    You know, I started thinking of that as a funny line – but there is a lot of truth there. These days virtually everything democrats do is attacked as unconstitutional. If I hear “read the constitution” one more time coming from the mouth of someone who has clearly not read it (or understood it) themselves…..

  4. I have a post planned on that very subject, actually…

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