Logical Fallacies

A logical fallacy is a flaw in an argument that is bad enough to negate the value of the conclusion.

They get used a lot by the Left because, as we here all know, the Left can’t defend their policies for real.

Too often, we let them get away with it. And I say it’s time we stopped. Not only do we have the facts on our side, but also Americans really HATE being taken for suckers.

Whenever we can expose the Left’s attempts to manipulate the audience, we will both win the debate and shift the audience away from allegiance to the schmucks who tried to con them.

It’s very win-win.

There are a lot of logical fallacies. I’ve spent most of today researching and … well, I’m whipped!

So you will all have to just HOLD YOUR BREATH another day (or two, I have company coming tomorrow).

I’ll try to make it worth the wait 🙂

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  1. I would say that easily more than 50% of the arguments I hear in politics are based on fallacies. That includes people on both sides of the aisle. Learning to identify fallacies and making other people aware of them is a huge part of winning the battle. The first step is to identify our own fallacies, so that when we begin pointing out the fallacies that others use, they won’t be able to turn around throw it back in our faces.

    I’ve actually been meaning to do a series on this very subject for a while now on my own blog, but everyone knows how often I actually get enough time to write anything very lengthy. Ironically, I was just having a discussion about this very topic with my sister (who is obsessed with fallacies) the other day. One of the things that occurred to me is that counselors use this very technique all the time, but we have different terminology for it. A big part of a counselor’s job is to help people identify incongruencies or flaws in their thinking.

    Often times, we develop patterns of thinking based on past experience that are not necessarily logical or applicable under current conditions. Only after we identify them can we begin to change. There are a few conditions which are necessary for change to occur, however, including a desire to change…

    See what happens when I get going? Perhaps once you’ve presented some of the more common fallacies for us, I can work up some ideas about how best to utilize them in real life scenarios.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      I’d LOVE for you to add, comment, correct, etc. etc.!!

      I’ve also had this “do a series on logic” thing banging around inside my skull for years, literally. Finally, it feels like the right time and, from all the material I’ve found, the right venue. The internet makes research SO SIMPLE!

      It appears there isn’t any one consistent list of fallacies or even agreement on what they are called, so I thought I’d just pick one at a time to write about and keep going until I run out of material or we’re all bored.

      My goal is to clearly understand each one so I can explain it in my own words with examples from subjects we discuss here. I’d also like to find or make a funny illustration for each one. Having a fun graphic always makes it easier for me to understand and remember stuff.

      Also, one of the sites I visited included a section on “things that look like this fallacy, but are not” that I found really worth replicating.

      E.g., In our recent local elections, the GOP was harping on Dem overspending. We predicted taxes will go up dramatically in another year when the town’s savings is used up. The Dems harped on how Republicans obviously don’t give a crap about anyone, because we’re willing to discuss fracking and “everyone knows” that if we allow ANY fracking, we will surely poison our water supply.

      Both arguments appear to be “appeals to fear” but we had good evidence that the town’s savings will run dry during the upcoming budget year and it’s hardly a leap to conclude Democrats will raise taxes rather than cut spending. The Dems had NO evidence that fracking ANYWHERE has caused water problems. IOW, our argument was NOT flawed by a logical fallacy, but theirs was. Actually, theirs was flawed by several fallacies, which maybe I’ll get into later. Dearest wants me to write it up for the local conservative website.

      Dearest and I have discussed this the past couple of days and a top priority (oy, I sound like the zero) is to go beyond simply describing the fallacies to exploring how we can successfully combat them in actual conversations. I was SO impressed with how Newt handled that “food stamp president is racist” question. I think he really nailed it. And I know I’ve seen Coulter and Malkin do similar stuff during interviews.

      It would be fabulous if we could find and post clips like that in the context of “successful comeback to X fallacy” so we can study and think how to apply the techniques.

      I am feeling confident about the explain-illustrate part and not totally incompetent about the examples from our fave topics part. The “find video clips to illustrate” part … not so much. Anyone who wants to pitch in … shoot me examples in email or stick them into comments under the appropriate fallacy … Please Do!

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      • A group effort would be great! Hopefully, we’ll all be experts come summer. Here’s my favorite site on fallacies, though I haven’t really spent a lot of time researching it online. http://nizkor.org/features/fallacies/

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      • If you don’t mind, I’ll probably play devil’s advocate on a lot of these, because I think it’s really important we learn to identify our own fallacies in order to strengthen our case. Few things destroy credibility faster than overstating your case.

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          ABSOLUTELY! Hear, Hear! Go for it, girlfriend. (Also correct me when I’m wrong, please.)

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        • chrissythehyphenated

          Would you care to have a look at my drafts before I publish or wait and just add or correct after? Either way is okay with me.

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          • If you’d like, I’ll give it a shot. With your permission, I’d also consider showing them to my sister. She’s been researching fallacies for a while now and she’s probably a little bit less conservative-leaning than I am (read: hopefully less, or perhaps just differently, biased). Plus, she’s not afraid to argue with me (which I consider a good thing!). It’s the best method I have for keeping myself honest!!

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