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Home Depot's billionaire co-founder says today's economic populism reminds him of Hitler

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Here's some free advice: If you want to be taken seriously while making a point about anything, don't go all Godwin's Law and use Hitler to make your case. Well, if you're specifically discussing World War II, or Nazis, or Hitler himself, then fine, maybe playing the Hitler card is fair game. But otherwise, it only defeats your argument.

Home Depot's billionaire co-founder Ken Langone apparently did not get that memo, as he "showed no hesitancy in invoking the Nazis" while whining to Politico about Washington's newfound interest in income inequality and economic populism.

"I hope it's not working," Langone said of the populist rhetoric. "Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don't survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy."

Langone's remark comes a couple of months after venture capitalist Tom Perkins likened the Occupy movement to a "progressive Kristallnacht" in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. One more populism/Hitler comparison and we'll have a trend.