In the spirit of Godwin's law - I propose Beastie's law

Andy Greenwood greenwood.andy at
Tue Nov 27 07:52:52 PST 2007

Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Aryeh M. Friedman [mailto:aryeh.friedman at]
>> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 10:20 PM
>> To: Ted Mittelstaedt
>> Cc: freebsd-questions at; FreeBSD chat
>> Subject: Re: In the spirit of Godwin's law - I propose Beastie's law
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>> Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
>>> Beastie's Law:
>>>   Any demand of a modification of FreeBSD or it's website
>>> using political incorrectness as the justification is automatically
>>> wrong.
>> Political Incorrectness is very subjective though.
> It doesen't matter.  What constitutes a Nazi comparison is also
> very subjective.  However, Godwin's law works anyway.

According to wikipedia (I am aware this isn't a real source) Godwin's 
law is defined thusly.

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

The law isn't subjective at all. It specifically requires the comparison 
of one of the points or platforms to those of Nazis or Hitler himself. 
The comparison itself could be as oblique or subjective as you want, but 
the fact is that it must DIRECTLY involve Nazis or Hitler.

However, I don't agree that the proposed Beastie's Law is subjective 
either. It states that the person making the demands is using political 
incorrectness as one of their points as to why the change should be 
made. Whether or not everyone will agree on the political 
(in)correctness of the proposed change is irrelevant.
> Ted
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