When Pointing Out Costs, Do Not Mention Hitler

So says, sensibly, Stephen Gordon at the Speculist. As Godwin's Law teaches us, it becomes much harder to hold a rational conversation online after bringing up Hitler in any context. There is no sense in mentioning Hitler, Nazis or Nazism unless it's absolutely critical to the point you are trying to make and the argument you are involved in.

Why am I even talking about this? It all makes a lot more sense in the context of healthy life extension, government policies and regenerative medicine if you read these recent posts and the attached discussions:

Apparently it's still fine to mention Stalin when talking about the cost of policy in human life, but I decided it was safer to keep all specific names out of the picture by the time I wrote "The True Cost of Delay".


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