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Category Archives: Informal Fallacies
We’ve pretty regularly noted that you can tell a straw man fallacy is coming when the speaker starts the windup for attributing views to his opponent by saying, “Some folks who believe X say…” or “You know what all those … Continue reading
Here’s a way you can straw man someone. Pick out a bad decision she made, then say she chose that bad part of the decision. For example, say my wife and I are trying to decide where to vacation. She … Continue reading
Ross Kaminsky holds that the popular appellation “libertarian populist” (see Ross Douthat’s recent column) is a contradiction in terms. In short, because ‘libertarian’ is about freedom, and populism has “nothing to do with freedom”. Now, first, that’s not yet a … Continue reading
Robert Stacy McCain’s post at the American Spectator is an exercise in hasty generalization. McCain reports on the egregious behavior of one Hugo Schwyzer of Pasadena City College. Schwyzer loves sleeping with the undergrads. By his own reckoning, by 1998, … Continue reading