Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Sure - the conditions in this prison are cruel and dehumanizing. But these inmates are criminals!
Two Wrongs Make a Right

Two Wrongs Make a Right is a fallacy in which a person "justifies" an action against a person by asserting that the person would do the same thing to him/her, when the action is not necessary to prevent B from doing X to A. This fallacy has the following pattern of "reasoning":

  1. It is claimed that person B would do X to person A.
  2. It is acceptable for person A to do X to person B (when A's doing X to B is not necessary to prevent B from doing X to A).
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because an action that is wrong is wrong even if another person would also do it.

It should be noted that it can be the case that it is not wrong for A to do X to B if X is done to prevent B from doing X to A or if X is done in justified retribution. For example, if Sally is running in the park and Biff tries to attack her, Sally would be justified in attacking Biff to defend herself. As another example, if country A is planning to invade country B in order to enslave the people, then country B would be justified in launching a preemptive strike to prevent the invasion.

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 826 Total Answer Attempts   68%
 561 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 265 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

561 - Two Wrongs Make a Right
20 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
20 - Personal Attack
19 - Red Herring
16 - Appeal to Spite
15 - Biased Generalization
12 - Ad Hominem
12 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
11 - Appeal to Fear
11 - Appeal to Belief
10 - Guilt by Association
9 - Appeal to Emotion
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
9 - Hasty Generalization
8 - Appeal to Ridicule
7 - Special Pleading
7 - Confusing Cause and Effect
7 - Fallacy of Composition
7 - Post Hoc
6 - Slippery Slope
6 - Relativist Fallacy
5 - Begging the Question
5 - Burden of Proof
5 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - False Dilemma
4 - Fallacy of Division
3 - Poisoning the Well
3 - Misleading Vividness
3 - Appeal to Authority
3 - Appeal to Pity
2 - Genetic Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Appeal to Flattery
1 - Appeal to Common Practice
1 - Appeal to Popularity
1 - Appeal to Novelty

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