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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.
The cause of securing our country is not complete, but tonight...
Appeal to Fear
Ad Baculum

AKA Scare Tactics, Appeal to Force

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Distracting Appeals

The Appeal to Fear is a fallacy with the following pattern:

  1. Y is presented (a claim that is intended to produce fear).
  2. Therefore claim X is true (a claim that is generally, but need not be, related to Y in some manner).
This line of "reasoning" is fallacious because creating fear in people does not constitute evidence for a claim.

It is important to distinguish between a rational reason to believe (RRB) (evidence) and a prudential reason to believe(PRB) (motivation). A RRB is evidence that objectively and logically supports the claim. A PRB is a reason to accept the belief because of some external factor (such as fear, a threat, or a benefit or harm that may stem from the belief) that is relevant to what a person values but is not relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, it might be prudent to not fail the son of your department chairperson because you fear he will make life tough for you. However, this does not provide evidence for the claim that the son deserves to pass the class.

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 1,332 Total Answer Attempts   53%
 703 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 629 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
703 - Appeal to Fear
41 - Red Herring
41 - Begging the Question
40 - Appeal to Emotion
39 - Special Pleading
38 - Misleading Vividness
35 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
26 - Confusing Cause and Effect
25 - Hasty Generalization
23 - Gambler's Fallacy
21 - Relativist Fallacy
20 - Fallacy of Composition
19 - False Dilemma
18 - Appeal to Authority
17 - Appeal to Belief
17 - Appeal to Common Practice
16 - Appeal to Novelty
15 - Ignoring a Common Cause
15 - Burden of Proof
15 - Poisoning the Well
13 - Fallacy of Division
13 - Slippery Slope
13 - Biased Generalization
12 - Post Hoc
12 - Middle Ground
9 - Appeal to Popularity
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
8 - Genetic Fallacy
8 - Appeal to Flattery
8 - Guilt by Association
8 - Peer Pressure
7 - Appeal to Spite
6 - Appeal to Tradition
6 - Appeal to Pity
5 - Ad Hominem
4 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
3 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Personal Attack
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