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28th Aug '17 9:10:43 AM DavidDelony
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* Often used to argue against laws banning hate speech. Free speech absolutists argue that if you deny free speech rights to neo-Nazis, you have to deny them to everyone.
13th May '17 12:12:37 AM Tuckerscreator
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* [[https://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-125-2/ Discussed in Chapter 6]] of ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist''. Ex-superhero Allison, after using her SuperStrength to force an unwilling person into healing a friend, fears that compromising her ideals for the greater good has put her one step farther down the slippery slope to becoming a supervillain. Her philosophy professor, Gurwara, responds that she may be over-fearing it, and thereby blinding herself to previous times that she'd crossed a line. In his view, the real danger of the slippery slope fallacy is not the slippery slope itself, but its implicit claim to a person that they are at the top of the slope and have not already compromised.

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* [[https://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-125-2/ Discussed in Chapter 6]] of ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist''. Ex-superhero Allison, after using her SuperStrength to force an unwilling person into healing a friend, fears that compromising her ideals for the greater good has put her one step farther down the slippery slope to becoming a supervillain. Her philosophy professor, Gurwara, responds that she may be over-fearing it, and thereby blinding herself to previous times that she'd she crossed a line. In his view, the real danger of the slippery slope fallacy is not the slippery slope itself, but its implicit claim to a person that they are at the top of the slope and have not already compromised.
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13th May '17 12:11:47 AM Tuckerscreator
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* Warning of the slippery slope can imply that one's position is currently at the top of the slope and has not already compromised.
13th May '17 12:09:52 AM Tuckerscreator
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* ''{{Film/Lincoln}}'': During the debate over passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which would outlaw slavery in America, Representative Yeaman announces his opposition to the amendment, despite hating slavery, because he fears it would lead to further reform, such as letting all black people vote. Just before the vote, Lincoln urges him just before the vote on the amendment to focus on the singular issue of slavery and let the rest be debated about in its own time.

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* ''{{Film/Lincoln}}'': During the debate over passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, which would outlaw slavery in America, Representative Yeaman announces his opposition to the amendment, despite hating slavery, because he fears it would lead to further reform, such as letting all black people vote. Just before the vote, Lincoln urges him just before the vote on the amendment amendment, Lincoln urges him to focus on the singular issue of slavery and let the rest be debated about in its own time.


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* [[https://strongfemaleprotagonist.com/issue-6/page-125-2/ Discussed in Chapter 6]] of ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist''. Ex-superhero Allison, after using her SuperStrength to force an unwilling person into healing a friend, fears that compromising her ideals for the greater good has put her one step farther down the slippery slope to becoming a supervillain. Her philosophy professor, Gurwara, responds that she may be over-fearing it, and thereby blinding herself to previous times that she'd crossed a line. In his view, the real danger of the slippery slope fallacy is not the slippery slope itself, but its implicit claim to a person that they are at the top of the slope and have not already compromised.
8th Mar '17 1:23:21 PM Josef5678
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* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': The PointyHairedBoss apparently believes that showing any concern for his employees' health is a slippery slope, as this comic indicates [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-06 here]].

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7th Mar '17 1:04:27 PM longWriter
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* ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'': The PointyHairedBoss apparently believes that showing any concern for his employees' health is a slippery slope, as this comic indicates [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-06 here]].

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* ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'': ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': The PointyHairedBoss apparently believes that showing any concern for his employees' health is a slippery slope, as this comic indicates [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-06 here]].
7th Mar '17 1:03:31 PM longWriter
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* ''ComicStrip/Dilbert'': The PointyHairedBoss apparently believes that showing any concern for his employees' health is a slippery slope, as this comic indicates [[http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-06 here]].

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5th Jan '17 12:46:33 PM Smeagol17
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* In "Don't Download This Song", Music/WeirdAlYankovic says that [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil if you download music]] [[HypocriticalHumor (his own song being freely available on the Internet)]], [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil you will become a hard case, robbing banks and driving over people in your car]].

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* In "Don't Download This Song", Music/WeirdAlYankovic says that [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil if you download music]] [[HypocriticalHumor (his own song being freely available on the Internet)]], [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil you will become a hard case, robbing banks liquor stores and driving over people in your car]].
27th Dec '16 1:59:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher Bill Maher]] rebutted this type of fallacious reasoning in one routine: "Gay marriage will not lead to dog marriage! When we gave women the vote we did not also have to give it to parakeets. When we freed the slaves we were not obligated to free the gerbils."

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* [[Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher ''Series/RealTimeWithBillMaher'': Bill Maher]] Maher rebutted this type of fallacious reasoning in one routine: "Gay marriage will not lead to dog marriage! When we gave women the vote we did not also have to give it to parakeets. When we freed the slaves we were not obligated to free the gerbils."
27th Dec '16 1:57:56 AM Morgenthaler
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Based on the idea that an object placed at the top of a slippery slope will slide all the way to the bottom if given even a small nudge, the ''Slippery Slope Fallacy'' means arguing that even a small step taken in one direction will lead to some drastic consequence. This argument usually ignores the individual connections between events in favor of simply linking one event inevitably to another. However, this is not fallacious in and of itself after all, some slopes really are ''that'' slippery. It does, however, fall on the claimant to justify a logical, probable, and inevitable series of events. Without that, the argument has no meaning.

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Based on the idea that an object placed at the top of a slippery slope will slide all the way to the bottom if given even a small nudge, the ''Slippery Slope Fallacy'' means arguing that even a small step taken in one direction will lead to some drastic consequence. This argument usually ignores the individual connections between events in favor of simply linking one event inevitably to another. However, this is not fallacious in and of itself itself... after all, some slopes really are ''that'' slippery. It does, however, fall on the claimant to justify a logical, probable, and inevitable series of events. Without that, the argument has no meaning.



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Trans-Fascism", Hank has to struggle between the law and his morals when he and his pals start running a lunch truck that sold foodstuffs banned by the city council. He knows Arlen is enacting an unfair law that even the person who had suggested it in the first place now regrets, but knew he could well cause worse problems. In a DreamSequence wherein UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, and Tom Landry (who all faced Slippery Slope crises on a ''much'' bigger scale) confront him, Washington quotes the trope directly.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "Trans-Fascism", Hank has to struggle between the law and his morals when he and his pals start running a lunch truck that sold foodstuffs banned by the city council. He knows Arlen is enacting an unfair law that even the person who had suggested it in the first place now regrets, but knew he could well cause worse problems. In a DreamSequence wherein UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln, and Tom Landry (who all faced Slippery Slope crises on a ''much'' bigger scale) confront him, Washington quotes the trope directly.



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* Pops up a lot in the pro-choice/pro-life debate. Pro-choice people might say any restrictions on abortion will inevitably result in a theocratic Christian fundamentalist dystopia where women are used as breeding cattle even though this didn't happen in any of the Western democracies during the many decades when abortion was ''illegal''. Pro-life people, meanwhile, will proclaim that the legalization of abortion necessarily opens the door to eugenics, euthanasia, social Darwinism, and so forth, also ignoring the fact that these things happened when elective abortion was illegal.

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* Pops up a lot in the pro-choice/pro-life debate. Pro-choice people might say any restrictions on abortion will inevitably result in a theocratic Christian fundamentalist dystopia where women are used as breeding cattle cattle... even though this didn't happen in any of the Western democracies during the many decades when abortion was ''illegal''. Pro-life people, meanwhile, will proclaim that the legalization of abortion necessarily opens the door to eugenics, euthanasia, social Darwinism, and so forth, also ignoring the fact that these things happened when elective abortion was illegal.


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