We’ve had discussions of the use of persuasive comparison with the Ad Hitlerum and Godwin’s Law here at the NS a few times.Â (Just a sample from John HERE and from me HERE).Â Here’s a stealthier version (hence, sneakyGodwin), one that uses invocations of the Holocaust to make the analogy.Â Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) invoked Martin NiemÃ¶ller’s famous line about the temptations of ignoring Nazi oppression:
First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist…
Foxx, as reported by IHE, in defending for-profit colleges from govermental regulation:
” ‘They came for the for-profits, and I didn’t speak up…’ ” Foxx said. “Nobody really spoke up like they should have.”
The trouble, as with all the Godwins, is that government regulation of an industry isn’t akin to sending people to the camps.Â The objective of the regulation is to keep people from amassing debilitating debt to these colleges. But, you know, sometimes it’s worth a shot to appropriate the vocabulary of resistance to oppression.