Short-circuiting discussion is BAD and helped Trumpism
Unintended consequences. Back in the days before he proposed his law Mike was a major flamer and, if you ask me, occasional troll. I think the real reason he proposed the law was because too many of the "discussions" he was involved in sank to the level of flame wars and name calling, where Nazi was the ultimate slander and the proof that further discussion was pointless.
His wording of the law was clever (in his own peculiar way), but the unintended consequence was to short-circuit a lot of real-world comparisons of people who really were acting like Nazis or wannabe Nazis. NOW he wants to apologize and make amends (again in his own peculiar way). I had concluded that some of Trump's supporters should be compared to various unsavory characters long ago--but I still didn't really understand what was going on, especially regarding the targeted use of disinformation.
Anyway the chief troll of those days in Austin used the handle Omega Man. He's already passed away, but I still want to study the lesson of his life... Mike wanted to "rehabilitate" him, or at least help him improve his social skills, but I was on the other side, regarding him as incorrigible... Did he get better? If so, what or who influenced him in a positive direction? If not, does that prove my old thesis that too much computer usage is bad for mental hygiene?