It seems to me that to refer to a fellow list member as a Nazi goes well beyond
the limits of what any of us should expect to tolerate. Such language raises all
sorts of red flags and pushes far too many emotional buttons to be borne. I find
this completely out of line, particularly in what is, on the surface, scholarly
discourse. It's fine to disagree, to argue--and, ultimately, questioning
everything helps us to learn. However, even the most stringently argued case
should be accomplished with some respect for one's intellectual "adversary."
Even in a freshman level first logic course when one discusses/dissects
fallacious arguments, the ad hominem abusive sort are the most seriously
scorned. I cannot think of a better example of an "argument against the man"
rather than the presentation of a real case than I have just read. Attack the
research or the sources but never, never attack the individual. One loses ALL
credibility when one does this!!!!