Curated Clicks: Only a Nazi Would Kill Baby Hitler

We cut the crust off the Internet sandwich so you don't have to.

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The Gray Lady asked the Internet, "Could You Kill a Baby Hitler?" and most everyone said, "Of course!" Vox went and got all technical about time travel paradoxes like a giant nerd, but concluded that the moral question was "pretty easy" if you assume killing Hitler stops the Holocaust.

But what if this isn't just a fun hypothetical game? Are real-world decisions—like, say, the Iraq invasion—based on similar logic? And let's back up to the huge assumption that you can actually know how everything will turn out.

You can't.

The whole question is morally bankrupt and disturbingly similar to Nazi logic, argues Noah Berlatsky on Splice Today:

Hitler’s Final Solution was itself rooted in a prediction of the future. Hitler believed that Jews had betrayed Germany in World War I, and lost the war. He also thought Jews were plotting to take over the world, and destroy Germany and Aryan people. For Hitler, the Holocaust was basically a chance to kill baby Hitler. Hitler knew the future, and knew the atrocities that the bad guys would commit. So he took steps to kill them first. Perfectly logical, if you think you’re omniscient.

Credit: Branden Flasch(not the truck Brandon)/flickr


Over the past week or so, everybody on the Internet discovered there was a Google employee living in a box truck in the company parking lot.

Plenty of outlets spun the story as being about a friendless virgin crippled by student debt, but the fact is, this guy is really smart—he's aiming to save 90 percent of his post-tax earnings, putting him well on the way to financial independence—and humble.

In the wake of his 15 minutes of fame, the truck guy, Brandon, urged people not to focus on cases like his, but to notice and care for those who are truly homeless:

[M]y life is perfectly fine. I’ve said many times before that in my worst case scenario, I simply get an apartment like a normal human being. But where are the stories for the people who don’t have that luxury? Let’s be incredibly clear about this: If I was struggling to get by and living out of a car, this wouldn’t be news; it’d just be someone’s harsh reality.
If this is something that resonates with you, donate to an organization that actually does something about it, like Salvation Army or Homeless Voice.

Thoughts from Inside the Box: The Aftermath

 A few more bites:

"By the end of the day between 7-10,000 Frenchmen had been killed, but this included the execution of several hundred prisoners, ordered by the king himself; the cavalry had refused to carry out the command and it was left to the lower class archers to do the killings. Horrified at the murder of prisoners, the French saw it as the end of the age of chivalry, and today it would be called a war crime." - Ed West explains why the Battle of Agincourt should not, on its 600th anniversary last Sunday, be celebrated as a victory of common English folk over French nobility, and how Henry V was a psychopath, not a hero, via the Catholic Herald

"The politicians will ignore the fact that it was only by not requiring direct FDA approval that the drug was able to be offered at a lower price." - Joe Carter on how the free market beat Pharma Bro—not because of government, but despite it, via the Acton Institute

“I do envy the Democrats have had this six-year head start. That’s probably the single largest thing we’ve spent time on, trying to create an engineering network of people who are either conservative or libertarian and willing to work on technology problems.” - Zac Moffatt, Mitt Romney's 2012 digital director, in a Wired piece on the GOP's tech lag