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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
There are starving children in Africa. Eat your carrots.
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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 232 Total Answer Attempts   10%
 23 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 209 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

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

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