I rather like laws. The Rule of Law. Moore’s Law. The many laws of physics, all fascinating. I watched LA Law because it was filmed in Nicam stereo sound, and my new tangled TV set at the time was a Nicam set. But Murphy’s Law made for better viewing. The 1971 Peter O’Toole flick, not the later Bronson monstrosity.
Then there’s Godwin’s Law, which states that the longer an online conversation goes on for, the more likely an analogy to Hitler or the Nazis will crop up. It’s a law that has as much evidence to support it as most scientific laws.
I’m a fan of balance, and so I would like to propose a new law that focuses on the other European mega tyrant of the 20th century. It’s a law that’s born from the coronavirus pandemic. It states simply that the longer an online conversation about Covid19 goes on for, the more likely an analogy will be made that dismisses millions of deaths as a statistical irrelevance.
I propose we call it Mexile’s law. And we can marvel at the irony that those who are likely to mostly strongly adhere to it, are usually the first to renounce the politics of its origin.