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Whilst rallying support for his plan to fundamentally undermine citizens' rights, the Supreme Leader told the people they were either on his side, or they were on the side of the enemy.
False Dilemma
AKA Black & White Thinking

Category: Fallacies of Presumption

A False Dilemma is a fallacy in which a person uses the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. Either claim X is true or claim Y is true (when X and Y could both be false).
  2. Claim Y is false.
  3. Therefore claim X is true.
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because if both claims could be false, then it cannot be inferred that one is true because the other is false. That this is the case is made clear by the following example:
  1. Either 1+1 =4 or 1+1=12.
  2. It is not the case that 1+1 = 4.
  3. Therefore 1+1 =12.
In cases in which the two options are, in fact, the only two options, this line of reasoning is not fallacious. For example:
  1. Bill is dead or he is alive.
  2. Bill is not dead.
  3. Therefore Bill is alive.

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 1,024 Total Answer Attempts   67%
 684 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 340 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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684 - False Dilemma
29 - Appeal to Fear
27 - Guilt by Association
26 - Fallacy of Division
19 - Biased Generalization
17 - Appeal to Authority
17 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
13 - Peer Pressure
13 - Red Herring
11 - Appeal to Spite
10 - Middle Ground
10 - Poisoning the Well
9 - Ad Hominem
9 - Personal Attack
9 - Hasty Generalization
9 - Relativist Fallacy
8 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
8 - Misleading Vividness
7 - Confusing Cause and Effect
7 - Appeal to Popularity
6 - Slippery Slope
6 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Gambler's Fallacy
6 - Appeal to Emotion
6 - Appeal to Novelty
6 - Post Hoc
6 - Special Pleading
6 - Genetic Fallacy
5 - Appeal to Belief
5 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Appeal to Common Practice
4 - Begging the Question
4 - Fallacy of Composition
4 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Appeal to Flattery
2 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
2 - Appeal to Tradition
1 - Burden of Proof

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