Godwin’s Law in China

A state-run Chinese website has launched a bitter attack on the Dalai Lama, accusing the exiled Buddhist leader of “Nazi” racial policies and of inciting Tibetans to set themselves on fire.(1)

As Mike Godwin observed, “given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.”(2)
This is all very rich, considering how the current Chinese Government modeled part of their Olympic Complex in Beijing (2008) after Nazi themes, even employing the grand-son of Hitler’s architect for the Third Reich: Albert Speer.

Well played, indeed.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    Like the Nazis, their hypocrisy would be hilarious were it not so dangerous.

  • Jing

    How were the Nazi’s hypocritical? They wanted a racially pure homeland free of undesirables and they made that perfectly clear.

    The grand-poobah lama also wants a racially pure homeland free of the Han, he simply doesn’t have the power to make it reality so he wants others to fight his battles.

    The filthy communists on the other hand seem to promote undesirables to live amidst the Han while ostensibly proclaiming themselves the saviors of Chinese race. So, yes you are correct that they are hypocritical. Not really dangerous to anyone except their own citizens though.

  • Q

    The grand-poobah lama also wants a racially pure homeland free of the Han

    Tibet simply aspires independence from “filthy” PRC. Both Nazis and PRC committed genocide. So it is really ridiculous for PRC refer to Nazis to criticize Dalai Lama.

  • paulhewson


    Adolf Hitler was a lot of things but he was no hypocrite. He wrote this book in the mid-twenties while in prison called “Mein Kampf” which basically gave his biography, summed up his worldview which was that the world’s twin evils were communism and Judaism and then went on to suggest that Germany was the master race but needed more living space (“lebensraum”) to realize it.

    The guy wrote it all down in the mid-twenties. It was all right there for anybody to read.

    It’s just that most of the key players didn’t bother to take the time to read it or take the guy too seriously. For example, I don’t think Prime Minister Neville “Peace FOR Our Time” (often misquoted) Chamberlain read it. He was too busy laying down plans to backstab the Czechs.