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If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it?

Option B

No


130/200 votes

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Published Oct 23, 2015
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If you could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, would you do it?

200 Respondents General Population

Option A

Yes


70 votes
Option B

No


130 votes

Responses

Responses to Option A
1
If I knew what was to come, then and only then
2
Probably a good thing to do.
3
It would save so many lives
4
It would stop the genocide of Jews and other citizens which is certainly worth one death.
5
One life for many lives saved is worth it.
6
Yes, because one of the greatest tragedies in Germany would have been prevented, and the war would cease to exist.
7
It is known what wouldve happened so Id do it to see what actually changed when I came back.
8
Well who wouldn't?
9
Because it alters history
10
A lot of people wouldn't have been killed most likely.
11
To prevent what he did would be something i would struggle with because it would be hard to murder someone, but i think it would need to be done.
12
Hitler is a bad dude.
13
Even though it would alter history and an unpredictable way I take my chances
14
It would save the lives of millions of innocent people
15
Yes, Then ALL the Jews would have lived. I would have saved the day.
16
All those people wouldn't have died.
17
of course!
18
he is evil
19
It was a sound plan for the Terminator movies, and the future would have been greatly altered without that one person's actions, so yeah, I would definitely try to and make things better for mankind and eliminate Hitler at the source.
20
It would save millions in the long run.
21
If I could go back and prevent the holocaust I will take any means necessary to get the job done.
22
He was awful and killed millions.
23
Because its Hitler
24
Hitler committed mass atrocities to humanity and spread fear internationally. I would commit this act so that I can prevent any of these heinous acts from occurring in the first place.
25
What a mean dude.
26
Killing babies sounds like fun
27
He grew up to be a very bad person. The world would be better off without him.
28
save a few millions of lives
29
Hitler made a lot of people suffer. I will kill him to prevent them from suffering.
30
To save 11 million people, yes, I would do it in a heartbeat.
31
I would end up saving millions of people. I could live with that.
32
I'm not much for murder, but if it can prevent the death of millions...yeah I'm gonna think about it. I think I'd feel morally obligated.
33
I thinking saving all the innocent lives he took would be worth it. It would stop a lot of evil from happening in the world.
34
The death of a future quilty person is worth it to save innocent millions.
35
Hitler caused the Holocaust, killing millions. I would have no problem killing baby Hitler to save those lives.
36
he is evil
37
Though I think everyone deserves a chance, offering yourself as a martyr/murderer to kill Hitler is definitely worth it.
38
I would kill him so he couldn't kill so many innocent people.
39
Killing Hitler would stop the Holocaust. I would take the murder on myself to save millions of lives.
40
I would do it because it would prevent a lot of problems that occured.
41
I would do it for the good of mankind. Also, it would be cool traveling through time.
42
The Holocaust was an unspeakable horrible act and probably wouldn't have happened if Hitler hadn't been alive as an adult.
43
just seems right
44
because he did some really bad things
45
I could save the lives of millions of innocent people.
46
It would be interesting to see how the world would be without hitler. WWII would probably still happen, but it would have been a totally different war.
47
He lead a genocide... Why wouldn't you?
48
Without a doubt I would. To save the lives of all those poor people he had killed.
49
Cuz he never did much good and he was awful.
50
Save the lives of thousands of people. Death of one is better to save the lives of thousands.
51
It would save the lives of many innocent people
52
That guy was a monster. So many people that were Jewish and had no control of how they were brought up were killed or had their life ended in horrible ways. Many families disappeared under Hitler's rule. If I had the choice, absolutely I would prevent this man from being born to eventually control Nazi Germany.
53
maybe it would stop the holocaust
54
Because of Hitler, WWII started resulting millions of people died.
55
I think that if we knew Hitler would be the person he was then it would be worth it to kill the baby. I do think however it would change the course of history in many ways other than what Hitler was involved in.
56
because he was the most evil person and six million jews would not have been murdered.
57
Rid the world of a bad stain.
58
A lot of suffering and continuing social issues could have been avoided, although it's hard to say that horrible things wouldn't have still happened - but we know the Holocaust probably wouldn't have occurred the way it did.
59
Kill one to save the life of many.
60
I made my decision based upon the fact that millions of lives will be saved.
61
Anything to prevent this monster from carrying out his actions.
62
If we knew what we know it would be the best option.
63
Killing Hitler may not end up stopping the Holocaust but it is a small price to pay to help insure against it happening. This decision is probably not mmorally correct but I believe it is the right choice nonetheless.
64
Save millions of lives.
65
Millions upon millions of people around the World would be saved and millions of Germans wouldn't have been put through such persecution.
66
Many people would get to live
67
Well I think it would save a lot of pain for the world.
68
I would because I think humanity would be better if I did. I would try to kill him as humanely as possible.
69
It would save millions upon millions of lives.
70
prevent devastating events
Responses to Option B
1
The butterfly effect - everything happens for a reason and you would alter history.
2
someone else would have grown up to fill the void that hitler filled and I would be a murderer
3
I have no proof of anything he did
4
Most people would say yes, but there are other ways in which the whole thing could have been avoided without resorting to killing anyone. It would be better to alter his life leading up to the situation, rather than just taking it altogether.
5
As a baby, Hitler wasn't evil. He became evil. I would take him out of the environment which corrupted him and place him with a family in the Scottish Highlands or somewhere equally remote so he could learn to be a proper human being.
6
it would seriously mess with history
7
I would not be able to kill a baby, even if it was Hitler.
8
When he was a baby, he wasn't evil. I would be doing a wrong thing.
9
You can't justify murder, if I went back in time I would try to change him, not kill him
10
Because Nazi Germany was the only thing keeping Stalin from taking europe in the 30s and 40s.
11
EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASONS
12
I definitely would not go back in time and kill Hitler as a baby. Hard to know what one will become as a baby. But if someone knowing what the outcome is going to be, decided to do so, then so be it.
13
I can't kill, not even hitler.
14
It's not my decision to make and not his fate
15
I would not do this because we don't know how that one change in history may have unintended consequences.
16
I couldn't kill a baby
17
Hitler did nothing wrong.
18
I'm no murderer.
19
Because he did nothing wrong.
20
He's a baby and hasn't done anything wrong yet.
21
Who knows what else would change? What if this is the best possible universe in the given circumstances? What if, by killing Hitler, I set off a chain reaction in which you don't exist? Should I still do it?
22
Somebody else would probably have done the same thing. Germany was rife with racists.
23
I would never kill a human being, especially a baby. If we could go back in time there are other things we could do than kill him. It is absolutely not true that unless Hitler dies everything would be the same.
24
I would not kill Hitler as a child. I feel that he is still innocent, and, if I go back in time, there's go guarantee that the world will turn out the same way. If I were to kill Hitler, it could set off a chain of unrelated events, similar to the butterfly effect. Who knows what could happen. Maybe someone even more evil and sinister than Hitler would have rose to power, and possibly destroyed the world with nuclear weapons. Maybe Hitler was actually the "tamer" possibility. We will never know. Interesting question!
25
The idea of going back in time and killing one man is ridiculous. There were so many factors that contributed to the holocaust, not just one guy. Had one gone back and killed Hitler it is entirely possible someone else would fill the role.
26
If I could go back and kill Hitler as a baby, I could go back and do other things to prevent his rise to power.
27
No because I believe it wouldn't be right to ever kill another person. I would feel like I was getting in the way of fate, so I wouldn't want that blood on my hands.
28
It's not my place to make that judgement. It is not my place to change that chain of events. Removing him and all he did would alter the present so much, we don't know what it would hold. Moral it pains me to know that man existed, but my ethical code would not allow me to to step in and pass that judgement. I am no judge, no jury, and I hope never to be an executioner. Hitler was a bad man, but wouldn't killing him as a child make me a bad man as well? I want to learn from the mistakes of the people before us, I don't want to be condemned to repeat them.
29
I would not. He was innocent as a baby, and things may have progressed differently in his life. Especially IF I went back in time, that alone could have altered the universe in small but meaningful ways that may have ended up with me killing someone meant to save the world, etc.
30
Hitler did nothing wrong
31
Although my immediate gut reaction is yes, upon further thought, if I was in a position to kill him, then I could also just kidnap him instead and hope that upbringing/environment would change his outcome.
32
I find myself unable to contemplate killing anyone, let alone a baby. If I could go back in time, instead of killing him, I'd try to nurture him, or raise him differently to keep his atrocities from happening.
33
You never know if things would be even worse.
34
While it might save a lot of lives and such, no telling just what kind of an effect it would actually have.
35
Who knows how that will affect our present.
36
I couldn't make that choice and I believe whatever is meant to be will be.
37
Two wrongs don't make a right. Justice is served by other means.
38
Someone more intelligent like Rommel might have taken over, and we would have really been in trouble.
39
No. People often forget about all the good Hitler did. He was TIME magazine's man of the year for crying out loud!
40
I don't think I'd be able to kill a defenseless infant, regards of whom it was destined to grow into. Also, I'd rather try to put that baby onto the path of not becoming a psychotic mass murderer instead of becoming a murderer myself. If, however, I was given the choice of going back in time and killing Hitler right after he got out of prison, I do so. He was more solidly on his path by then and I don't think he'd be able to be dissuaded.
41
Can't know for sure when going back in time if the timeline would be altered anyway and you just killed a normal baby named Hitler.
42
No way to know what time travel could affect by doing this
43
I don't believe in changing history, you don't have any idea what could happen, even if it seems like it would be 100% positive.
44
Even though he did horrible things, many things in history are based on the things he did.
45
The butterfly effect.
46
I don't think I am in the position of deciding someone's fate when they have not made the choices to determine their life and affect on others. If he was to be assassinated, it should have been when the opportunity presented itself through the military or a moral person making a decision for the greater good.
47
I could not have seen the future at the time, so killing an innocent person (at the time) would have been wrong.
48
butterfly affect and all that jazz. It would completely alter the course of history. Maybe we wouldn't learn from the mistakes of Genocide
49
Because that could possibly disrupt the balance of the space time continuum.
50
As a baby, Hitler had committed no crime worthy of death.
51
I feel that altering the past would be both scientificaly and moraly unethical. Yes, one could argue that his death would spare the lives of countless innocent people. I would counter with, How do you know that another Hitler would not rise up in his place? I would imagine after all that debate I would still stay true with my believes of not muddling up the nature of reality.
52
I don't think I'm the person who should decide the fate of someone's life nor should I really decide the fate of the world. I don't think I could kill a baby, even if he was Hitler.
53
I dont believe in changing the past. What we should be focused on is changing the present and the future.
54
Hitler the child is innocent and has done nothing, thus you become a child killer.
55
I wouldn't kill a baby, I would have him raised differently with and try to instill different ideals into him from a young age.
56
I won't say it shouldn't be done, nor would I judge anyone for deciding to do it, but I never want to be responsible for personally ending anyone's life. I can't handle that type of pressure.
57
No I would raise him myself and tell him his art is awesome. So that he will be a decent person, maybe.
58
If i had a time machine Hitler would be the least of my worries.
59
If it never happened how will people ever know how horrible it was? It would also cause too much of a change in the future if I was returned back to the current time.
60
If I kill Hitler that makes me no better than him.
61
The repercussions could turn out worse, rather than better. I also do not believe in killing someone before they are guilty of crimes.
62
Hitler as a child has committed no wrong. People should not be tried for crimes they may do.
63
i would raise him to be a nice person
64
One theory of time travel suggests that, even if you were to go back into time and change something, it will ultimately fail, since the past and present has already happened. Hitler ends up killing himself in the end. So, even if you tried, you'd be unsuccessful. However, this could mean that someone had already gone back in time and disturbed Hitler as a child, and the resulting emotional distress caused his suicide later in life. Anyway, it's best to leave history untouched, no matter how icky it may be.
65
Germany was primed and ready for a war leading up to Hitler's rise to power. The Nazi party could have probably succeeded to power with another leader than him.
66
You can't change the past without severe consequences for the future.
67
I could never kill a baby, even if it were to grow up to be a horrible monster.
68
not sure of the constance. could make someone worse
69
I don't think I'd be capable of killing a baby--or anyone. Killing is wrong. I don't feel that the ends justify the means.
70
Even though he was very evil, it is possible that things could have changed.
71
The real question is what would be the result? Would Europe still have continual Wars since (guessing) World War II wouldn't have taken place?
72
It would be tempting, but I'm not the kind of person who can kill someone.
73
It does not seem morally right.
74
it would probably have ripple effects throughout history
75
It'd be wrong to harm an innocent child.
76
The possible ramifications of changing history that drastically could be worse than what happened. Alternatively if the multiple timelines theory of time travel is true, I'd do it since it would split the timelines instead of overwriting the future, and we could see what would happen, though there may be ethical issues there as well.
77
May change too much of the future.
78
I'd rather not go to prison or be executed. I'd make sure he got accepted into art school.
79
I could not personally kill a baby but I would try to do everything to keep him away from power and everything he was capable to do, maybe kill him as a young adult if that didn't work?
80
I would not want to kill a baby, also, there would be no way to tell if the future would be any better.
81
I don't believe anyone is unredeemable
82
No. I would kidnap him and raise him differently. He would then live, maybe be that cool artist he was before he was a power hungry bigot, and millions of people would still be alive today.
83
Because if I went back to kill hitler and succeeded I would never go back to kill hitler. Plus Rory saved Hitler when the TARDIS crashed in through the window, who am I to reverse something Rory did.
84
I could never kill a baby.
85
I believe that messing with the past could cause terrible consequense (i.e. its possible a even better leader would replace him and actually win the war)
86
No. Couldn't kill Hitler as a baby. However, would have like to influence his upbringing. He had a terrible father and bad influences.
87
Even though he did horrible things, I don't think I have the backbone to kill another person. I would also be afraid of altering time!
88
I don't think it would change anything - I think someone else just as evil would step in to fill his shoes.
89
It is part of history and it made difference to IBM
90
I believe what Hitler did was wrong. However, I don't think that makes it morally permissible to murder another human being. I think it's the circumstances surrounding Germany that led to the terrible Holocaust. I believe that even if Hitler was eliminated, another figure would've risen to power and bring about terrible actions.
91
No. It's just a baby...Hilter wasn't born bad...At most, I'd try to change the course of his life. Besides, how do we know that somebody/something worse wouldn't have come along if Hitler wasn't around?
92
I would never kill a baby regardless of the terrible things they were capable of in the future.
93
I wouldn't be able to kill a baby, but I would try to change the circumstances of his life and hope for a different outcome.
94
It was unbeknownst to Hitler what he would be capable of later in life. As a misguided man in war-torn Germany after WWI, someone else would most likely have risen to power in his place. Killing him would probably have changed history very little.
95
While it may be viewed as preventing a bunch of murders, there is no real way of telling how baby Hitler will turn out and it could be different. I don't think punishing for crimes not yet committed is ever a way to go.
96
If you go back and time and attempt to kill Hitler, will it change anything? What if our current timeline is already like it is because somebody went back and tried to kill Hitler as a baby, and our timeline is like it is because of that? If that hasn't been done before, then it will drastically change life as we know it.
97
There is always a chance that somewhere along his life his path could have been different. He probably was not born evil.
98
I wouldn't mess with history
99
I wouldn't change the course of history, regardless of how bad it was.
100
No way to know how it would affect the timeline
101
If I went and did that, events of the Holocaust would still occur because Hitler alone wasn't the sole leader of the Nazi movement. There were other individuals with the power to make the movement what it was on such a large scale in Europe. People like using one person as a scapegoat, when multiple people are involved and equally as culpable for their crimes and actions.
102
Hitler was terrible but I don't think I could bring myself to kill a baby
103
perhaps other things should be changed to prevent his craziness.
104
Because people need to learn from history, and that fact that he got away with such a mass killing of people will help agains't it happening again in the future.
105
Can't mess with the timeline. Red Alert taught us that.
106
I could never kill a baby. Or anyone for that matter.
107
I don't believe he was evil as a baby. Would probably be better to kill those who raised him.
108
Not my place.
109
I could not kill any one...especially a baby.
110
Grandfather paradox! I don't want to change the past since I don't know what impact it will have on the future.
111
It changed history. Things, even horrible things, happen for a reason.
112
No...this is far too much responsibility to place on my shoulders and I have no idea how I would alter space time. I'd possibly never exist, maybe someone more evil would have popped up. I really want to but man I just can't. I would however make sure he was accepted to art school so he could vent his frustration through painting.
113
My experiences with Jews have been negative, although I don't fully agree with his tactics, I rarely do even with my country's tactics. Plus, it is an interesting part of history.
114
I couldn't do it.
115
I wouldn't kill Hitler as a baby because someone else would just take charge and do the same thing as him. That person might be worst or better than Hitler but i wouldn't want to take a chance that person would be worst than hitler.
116
I could never kill a baby. Maybe I'd remove him from his environment, but I wouldn't kill him.
117
I would not kill him. As cruel as he was his negative actions led to many changes in our world for the better.
118
There are more things I would prefer to do than murder if time travel was a thing.
119
could change far too many things in the timeline
120
Option B is my choice. No, I would not kill Hitler as a baby. A worse monster might be created by interfering with history. Was I asked to interfere with history? I don't think I was. No, this is not my decision to make. History has to unfold the way it was meant to do.
121
I wouldn't want to mess with altering the course of history for fear of causing an even worse outcome.
122
it would save millions of lives
123
because the evil you know is better then the evil you don't know, who knows someone else worse might have come along
124
I wouldn't want to change history.
125
Everything happens for a reason. Even during the worst of times, we all learn things from it.
126
Too much uncertainty in the butterfly effect.
127
No way killing is wrong and its a helpless baby.
128
If we killed Hitler as a baby, the state of Israel would not exist now.
129
I wouldn't kill a baby under any circumstances because that would make me as bad as Hitler. Now killing an adult on the other hand...
130
I couldn't kill another human being no matter who they were going to be.

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Votes by demographic segment

B


Gender
41%
Male (117)
58%
26%
Female (83)
73%

Age
-
3-17 (None)
-
37%
18-34 (129)
62%
33%
35-49 (48)
66%
21%
50-64 (23)
78%
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65+ (None)
-

Income
30%
$0-30k (90)
70%
40%
$30-60k (62)
59%
39%
$60-100k (38)
60%
30%
$100k+ (10)
70%

Ethnicity
37%
White (162)
62%
0%
Black (4)
100%
28%
Asian (21)
71%
42%
Hispanic (7)
57%
16%
Other (6)
83%

Education
39%
High School (43)
60%
34%
College (135)
65%
31%
Grad School (22)
68%
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