Amendment to Godwin's Law Makes Soviet Dictator New Symbol of Pure Evil
Pundits, journalists, bloggers and the general public have been put on notice that, as of the first Monday of next month, any and all mentions of Hitler for purposes of demonization must now be substituted with a reference to Stalin, the long-time dictator of the Soviet Union, mass-murderer and oppressor of peoples-extraordinaire.
"We felt it was time for a change," said Verne Bose, of the Godwin Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. "Invoking Hitler's name has become completely trivialized, a rhetorical shark jump," continued Bose, "Most people's reaction to hearing his name anymore is to roll their eyes and sigh, 'Again with Hitler.' And that isn't good."
It is hoped that the change will spark renewed and genuine outrage into public discourse.
Although "Uncle Joe" wasn't the only despot nominated — candidates included Pol Pot, Slobodan Milosevic and Simon Cowell — Stalin's track record of malfeasance and brutality on such a grand scale made him the clear favorite. "More deaths, bigger moustache," shrugged Bose, "It was a no-brainer, really."
In a press release announcing the transition, the Institute's board of trustees acknowledged Hitler's many years of service and expressed confidence in Stalin's ability to really piss people off.