10 Oct – Ho Hum, Just Another PZ Myers Lie

We’re breaking an internal rule today, something we feel is warranted by particularly egregious circumstances.

We promised ourselves to give PZ a pass on pretty much everything he says about Trump. The words he’s used to describe the current occupant of the White House are usually reserved – by more sober analysts – for genocidal maniacs. There’s essentially nothing PZ could say about Trump that would shock us – he’s the professor who cried outrage so often nobody can hear it anymore.

But, today he didn’t just compare Trump to Hitler, he compared a campaign rally to a Nazi rally, disparaging everyone in attendance and trivializing what the actual Nazis did. Quite a feat for a two-sentence post!

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

All these people I know are hanging out around the Target Center in Minneapolis, which seems to be the happening scene tonight.
It goes without saying that everyone I know is there to protest the Nazi rally going on, not attend it.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/10/10/envy/

Facts:

PZ uses the word fascist as a general term to describe someone he disagrees with, politically. He’s called Trump a Nazi before, of course, and he’s also used the same word to describe popular YouTuber Pewdiepie.

But, he’s never used that word – as far as we can tell – to describe people who freely attend a Trump campaign event. It’s disgusting. And it’s a lie.

The actual Nazi Party Rallies, held in Nuremberg on a parade field that still exists (we’ve visited many times, we used to live in Nuremberg), had the following purpose:

Held annually in September from the early 1920s until 1938, the Nazi Party’s Nuremberg Party Day rallies were intended to show the world a German State in lockstep with its leader and his ideology.  The Nuremberg Party Day rallies thus represented an example of the “mobilization” of German society by National Socialism.  As such, the rallies provide scholars with an excellent vantage point for studying the Third Reich as a totalitarian political system.

http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Party%20Day/Nurembergdoc.htm

Outside of people like PZ Myers and other fringe progressives, does anyone really think the United States currently has a totalitarian political system? Has the Constitution been upended? Has the rule of law been suspended? Trump is the leader of one of three co-equal US Government branches, and the other two have checked his power continually in the years since he’s been elected. Did we miss the executive order Trump issued dissolving Congress and the Supreme Court?

Also, in what way is the US in lockstep with Trump and his ideology? Half the country wants to see him impeached and removed from office!

Most of the other half, by the way, is convinced the Democratic Party and progressives like PZ are trying to overturn the results of the last election, first with the Russia probe and now the Ukraine. They’re convinced socialists, like PZ, are much closer to the National Socialists of the Nazi Party than Trump will ever be. And if the conservative right in this country has any unifying principle, it is a return to the limited form of government found in the US Constitution. In no way can that principle be compared to anything the Nazis stood for.

PZ offers no evidence – he never does – for his claim that Trump and/or the Republican Party has any Nazi-like qualities whatseover. To suggest the two are so similar as to be indistinguishable is a bald-faced lie.

Analysis:

This would be humorous if there wasn’t a deadly serious side to this equation. The actual Nazi Party, the one that ignited World War II and exterminated millions of innocent people, was perhaps the greatest evil the world has ever known. To suggest that Trump – someone who wants to curb illegal immigration, pull out of Afghanistan and Syria and engage in talks with rouge regimes like North Korea – can be realistically compared to genocidal, militaristic and aggressive Adolf Hitler is insane and unserious. To insist that his supporters and/or the people who voted for him as the lesser of two evils are the equivalent of Nazi Party supporters is simply beyond the pale.

And worse still – PZ doesn’t believe it.

If he did believe the Nazi Party was alive and well in America, he would be arming himself in preparation for the coming revolution. If he believed that, he’d be advocating for insurrection and rebellion. If he sincerely believed the United States was about to turn into pre-WWII Germany, he’d derelict in his duty to his family not to move them to Canada.

No, he stays – and probably feels quite good about it – because he knows what he says isn’t true.

We know it, too.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related posts, 4 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 117 science-related posts, 453 non-science posts.

21% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 140 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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