If someone actually is inciting violence or hatred or seeking to remove the rights of other people, then we can stand up against them together. But let's start by acknowledging that, right now, too many people dismiss the opinions of others out of hand far too easily.
It was a revelation this month to discover that calling for tougher curbs on smoking, made me a Nazi. Strike that, it was a surprise when my (admittedly provocative) Huffington Post article received a slew of 'she's a Nazi' comments, when my twitter account was inundated with trolls, when I received hate E-mail...
Anything that forces people to think twice before resorting to the laziest, least free form of 'free' speech that is the default knee-jerk Nazi comparison has to be a positive innovation. A properly-legislated version of Godwin's Law would only give more power to humanity's exercise of freedom of expression.
Have you heard of Godwin's Law? Basically, it is the observation that: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability