Our society has become incredibly sensitive and whiny and… dumb. So many people try to make arguments about things that offend them, and they just fail miserably. To point out the stupidity (and also just to make fun of silly leftists, because they’re the biggest offenders), I’m making a list of stupid arguments that I’m just tired of seeing.
- “Just because you have black/Muslim/trans/whatever friends that doesn’t mean you aren’t racist/Islamophobic/transphobic.”
No. That’s exactly what that means. I’ve gotten this argument before and I used to think that sure, it was fine argument. I thought, well, I guess you could fake it. But no, you really can’t. I’ve had people who called me a friend, but obviously hated me, and we are no longer “friends.” You can’t just pretend to be good friends with someone you hate. Unless you have no soul, I suppose. But most humans will only hang out with and call friends those who they like. If you ACTUALLY have black friends, you are NOT racist. Of course it’s hard to prove actual friends, but in any case, this is a dumb argument.
- Just screaming “You’re racist/sexist/whatever-phobic!” at the top of your lungs.
Please, for the love of sanity, can everyone just stop doing this? It is not an argument. It’s a fallacy. And I mean like a specific one. Ad Hominem. “To the man.” It means that you’re attacking the person’s character instead of their points. It’s like comparing your opponent to Hitler. Everyone knows that once you start doing that, you have no real arguments left. In addition, calling everyone you disagree with racist or sexist waters down the impact when someone actually is. For instance, there actually are real racists in the world, and they do need calling out, but since people now call everyone who disagrees with them a racist, no one will care when one more is added to the mix.
- Saying that your opponent is a “flat-earther”
First, this argument is a another ad hominem. And maybe a straw man. Second, this argument makes you look stupid if your opponent knows anything about history. Most people make this argument in reference to the idea that during the days of Columbus and other great explorers that people actually believed that the earth was flat and if you sailed far enough, you’d fall off the edge. This is not true. People have known for LONG time that the earth is a sphere.
- “I should have the right to do what I want with my body.”
Totally agree. Except usually, this is an pro-abortion argument. By the very nature of the issue, we are automatically talking about two separate bodies (three if you want to include the father in the argument). As much as you may want to, you can’t just ignore that the fetus is a completely different human. It may depend on the body of its mother, but it is not actually a part of its mother. If you want to make the case that the comfort of the mother is more important than the life of the child, then be honest, and say that. Don’t give me this “my body” business though. It’s not just about you.
- “You’re not part of (whatever-group), so you can’t say anything about it.”
Because slavery would have ended so much sooner if the only people that were allowed to complain about it were the slaves themselves. Let’s face it, sometimes disenfranchised people need other people with more clout to help bring them out of oppression. On another side of the issue, we’re all humans who have highly-functioning brains that are capable of understanding approximately how another person feels despite never having been in that person’s situation. In fact, it may even be useful to listen to what an outsider might have to say. Being on the outside of a situation might bring beneficial ideas and perspectives that people on the inside are too close to see.
- “We need stricter gun laws to protect the citizens from guns.”
You mean like make a specific area completely devoid of guns? Like a gun-free zone? Like the same place that nearly all American mass-shootings have happened in the last 20 years? Yeah… More gun restriction is clearly what we need. Just look at the places in the country with the heaviest gun laws. Like Chicago, that bastion of (giggle) tolerance and (snort) non-violence, where the children play peacefully in streets (loud guffaw). Let’s all be like Chicago. It’s only the murder capitol of the US.
- “Let’s increase the minimum wage to help people.”
Whenever I hear this one, I have a strong urge to ask the arguer if they flunked economics. This one really should be a no brainer. Q: what happens when you raise the cost of paying people? A: employers don’t make as much. Q: what happens when employers lose money? A: they fire people and raise prices. This is VERY SIMPLE, and I don’t understand why there are that many people out there who can’t seem to grasp this concept. Not only that, but people seem to have a higher opinion of jobs that use the minimum wage. They believe that your local burger-flipper deserves to be paid the same as a trained professional, like an EMT. I guess I can see it. I mean, one saves lives, and one messes up your Happy Meal. Basically the same.