Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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He might not have harmed anyone, but he did break the law, so he deserves to go to jail.
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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 790 Total Answer Attempts   31%
 242 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 548 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

242 - Two Wrongs Make a Right
43 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
43 - Appeal to Common Practice
34 - Appeal to Tradition
25 - Appeal to Spite
25 - Slippery Slope
25 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
21 - Burden of Proof
21 - Hasty Generalization
21 - Guilt by Association
20 - Post Hoc
19 - Appeal to Authority
19 - False Dilemma
17 - Confusing Cause and Effect
16 - Fallacy of Division
16 - Middle Ground
15 - Begging the Question
15 - Special Pleading
15 - Relativist Fallacy
15 - Ignoring a Common Cause
14 - Appeal to Belief
13 - Biased Generalization
11 - Red Herring
11 - Poisoning the Well
11 - Misleading Vividness
10 - Ad Hominem
8 - Appeal to Pity
7 - Genetic Fallacy
7 - Appeal to Fear
5 - Fallacy of Composition
5 - Gambler's Fallacy
4 - Personal Attack
4 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
4 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Appeal to Popularity
2 - Peer Pressure
1 - Appeal to Novelty

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