Saturday, January 07, 2006

Nice Lines
First Things On The Square notes that Milton Himmelfarb passed away this week. I don't know who he is, but I really liked some of the things he said, according to FT:
“The trouble is not that religion in general has too small a role in American public life or American life simply,” he wrote in FIRST THINGS in March 1991. “The trouble is that a particular religion has too great a role—paganism, the de facto established religion.”

The powerful phrase “No Hitler, No Holocaust” began as the title of one of his classic essays in Commentary, and it was Milton Himmelfarb who first coined the phrase “argumentum ad Hitlerum” to describe the easy and false analogies that swirl around political debate.

Argumentum ad Hitlerum, the forerunner to Godwin's Law.

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