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Whoever Introduces the Word "Treason" Into An Argument Automatically Loses

Posted by on | February 6, 2018 | Comments Off

Here is Coyote’s 37th (or so) rule for public discourse:  He who introduces the word “treason” into an argument automatically loses.  For two reasons:

  1. In real life, it’s never treason.  Trust me.  It may be disrespectful.  It may be counter-productive.  It may reveal things the government would rather not revealed.  It may be insufficiently committed to values many other Americans hold.  It may be inflammatory. It may be offensive.  It’s not treason.  Whatever it is.
  2. Accusing someone of treason means one has run out of good arguments.  Accusations of treason are a substitute for a good argument, not a good argument in and of themselves.

A few other words come close to having this rule applied — “racist” comes to mind.  But though the racism accusation is way overused, and frequently is used as a substitute for making good arguments, unlike treason racism actually does exist and is sometimes an accurate description.

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 Whoever Introduces the Word "Treason" Into An Argument Automatically Loses

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