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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.
Capital punishment may seem harsh, but if a person has killed somebody else, it is only fair to kill them.
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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 1,141 Total Answer Attempts   88%
 1,002 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 139 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
1,002 - Two Wrongs Make a Right
11 - Slippery Slope
9 - False Dilemma
8 - Appeal to Belief
7 - Appeal to Emotion
7 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
7 - Relativist Fallacy
7 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
6 - Special Pleading
5 - Confusing Cause and Effect
4 - Begging the Question
4 - Appeal to Common Practice
4 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Middle Ground
4 - Fallacy of Division
4 - Appeal to Spite
4 - Misleading Vividness
3 - Appeal to Tradition
3 - Genetic Fallacy
3 - Appeal to Ridicule
3 - Appeal to Pity
3 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
3 - Personal Attack
3 - Hasty Generalization
2 - Post Hoc
2 - Guilt by Association
2 - Red Herring
2 - Appeal to Fear
2 - Appeal to Novelty
1 - Biased Generalization
1 - Peer Pressure
1 - Ad Hominem
1 - Appeal to Authority
1 - Poisoning the Well
1 - Appeal to Popularity

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