While I think this thread is interesting, I do have the repeated issue with references to Nazis in conjunction with vaccine developers and pro-vaxxers (as the analogy was made in another thread.). I don't think comparisons like this are doing us any service. I cannot see how this comparison is made and I would personally like if people could stop using it. Just my two cents.
The thing is, there are a lot of connections and parallels--A LOT. Not just to Nazis, but to many times in history when one social group got selfish/greedy and came up with all kinds of excuses to harm another, smaller group, but there are the most connections/parallels with the Nazis.
Vaccines started out as a medical issue. Now they are a social/political issue. We really can't get around that. They are.
Among the comparisons:
The use of the term "The Greater Good" as an excuse to mandate invasive medical procedures on healthy individuals
Using a group of human beings for medical experimentation (low-income, uneducated people in inner cities and developing countries)
The use of well-placed propaganda in children's books, schools, billboards, magazines, TV/radio advertisements, news reports, etc.
Propaganda masquerading as personal views of having been part of the "other side"
The use of fear-mongering to get the general public to view one group of people as threats to society
Encouraging ostracism of a group of people
In British Columbia, having unvaccinated nurses not only wear masks, but a special badge denoting their lack of vaccinatino
Barring children from a group of people from schools
Raising prices for a group of people (health insurance rates are higher for groups without 100% vaccine compliance)
Lies from the government about what is really going on
Parents being threatened with jail/removal of their children if they don't comply.
Gradually removing freedoms (we used to have a philosophical exemption in my state, flu vaccines becoming mandated for school and daycare in NJ, etc., parents losing the right to be informed/have consent to their 12-year-old being vaccinated for Hep B and Gardasil, etc.)
Oh, and an entire nation who doesn't see what is going on.
If you don't want it to be about Nazis, hey, you could just as easily compare it to what goes on in the Harry Potter books. Except, when you really look at Pure-blood-wizards vs. Muggles and Muggle-borns, it's totally a rehash of Aryans vs non-Aryans....
I'd also like to know who came up with the whole "Godwin's Law" thing, and under what circumstances, because it seems to me that it's a tool. The claim is that mentioning Hitler or the Nazis means that you've instantly lost the argument. But what about situations where the comparison is appropriate? Why make a rule that you can't mention something? Are we back to Harry Potter and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named?
It really seems like "Godwin's Law" was invented to give people an excuse to act like Nazis while taking away the ability of the rest of us to call it what it is.
Edited by Taximom5 - 2/5/14 at 9:26pm