react at ix.netcom.com react at ix.netcom.com
Sun May 17 01:55:38 EST 1998

Material Fellow wrote:
> Goodwin's law of internet newsgroups postulates that the longer a thread
> runs the closer to unity the probability becomes that someone will
> reduce the argument to term of "Hitler" or "Nazi"
> When that happens, Goodwin's law states that the person to introduce the
> term be declared to be the loser.
> React -- It is my sad duty to inform you that you have lost.  Please
> cease further contributions to this thread.  You are inhibiting
> successful progress of your viewpoint by further expounding upon it.
> Thank you for your insights.

React's Law says if a kettle is black you call it black, political
correctness aside.  React's Law says that you are not the ultimate God
of NG newsgroups, and that your opinion is worth about as much as anyone
else's.  If you're frightened to use the terms 'Nazi' or 'Communist' or
'Soviet' or 'Nigger', or any others, then you have become part of the
problem.  The solution - the solution for you - is to decide if the
label is appropriate in the contect in which it occurred.  If you can do
this, and if you can use the terms when they are appropriate, then
'Nigger', 'Nazi', and other buzz-terms no longer control your thinking
processes.  As it is, you're trapped.  You are mind controlled.  I'm
sincerely sorry that this has happened to you, but you won't pressure me
into failing the same way you have.

I'll continue expressing my viewpoint in the way I see fit without
asking your opinion.  Thanks anyway.


More information about the Microbio mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net