I wish you would keep your obvious political biases out of the show. I am sure that if the exact same letter writer had substituted the words "third wave feminism is like the Taliban" for "Trump is like Hitler", you would not only have passed on using it for the segment, you would have deplatformed the person for ever speaking at any of your events.
They do keep their political biases out of the show, so much so that except for Cara, I have not the slightest idea where they stand politically. But when politicians openly deny science and promote pseudoscience, that requires a response from skeptics, and they have done it much more gently than some other podcasters.
I see. So you think that you can't rule out the possibility that the others might be deplorable Trump supporters.
In that segment they didn't criticize anything Trump said, did or thinks. They just took it as a given for sake of argument that he was like Hitler without any reasoning or evidence given. If the letter had be written exactly as is but with the words "BLM is like the KKK" or "Feminism is like the Taliban" (poor Hitchens) it wouldn't have passed through as just being academic. Double standards and hypocrisy = anti-intellectual.
Putting words in my mouth there, friend. That's not sound argument. They made it clear on a previous show that they are opposed to the things Trump is doing when they called him the Jerk of the Year, or something to that effect. I don't remember the exact phrase. But that does not tell me what their politics are. It only tells me that they oppose science denialism, anti-vaxxerism, climate change denial, and people who have contempt for facts and evidence. I know one person they disagree with, but I do not know what their politics are.
And they argued that the "Trump is like Hitler" trope is nonsense. Therefore, you have it backwards when you accuse them of claiming that Trump is like Hitler. The only similarity is in his appeal to the pent-up frustration and racism of a segment of society, and his contempt for facts and common sense. The rest remains to be seen. Hitler did not have death camps when he first came to power. But Trump is using similar rhetoric against Muslims and Mexicans that Hitler used against Jews, and this frightens me. I would not have been afraid that Jeb Bush might incite racial pogroms.
Of course, if you went back and killed baby Hitler in the crib, the same conditions would still have existed that led to his rise. And maybe someone more cunning and rational might have arisen in his place and managed to win WWII.
I think there should be a fallacy along the lines of "It couldn't be any worse". Given enough imagination, it can always be worse.
I was thinking something along these same lines. Hitler rose to power because of the disastrous economic conditions in Germany after WW I, and the anger of Germans against the victors of that war. His insanity was a large contributor to Germany's loss in WW II. If a sane person had come to power and waged a war, he might not have been stupid enough to invade Russia. He might have seen what happened to Napoleon, he might have conquered Western Europe, and stopped there to consolidate his power.
In King Lear, I think it might have been Edward who, upon meeting up with Gloucester, outcast and blind, says something to the effect of "Never think that things are at their worst. They can always get worse."