#EURef: The BoJo Fallacy

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This post is taken from the comment section of the article: Boris Johnson: The Man who Broke Britain

Unfortunately for the author of this article, I'm trained in Critical Thinking and I've spotted the numerous fallacies being used to influence opinions.

The biggest fallacy is that BoJo represents all the exit voters. The author assumes that everybody voted for same reasons as BoJo. However, this is untrue.

It is very simple-minded to assume that the 'Brexit' campaign represents all the political arguments and ideas that people have. Nobody elected them to be leaders of the 'Brexit' campaign, therefore they are not representative. If anything, the 'Brexit' campaign is the strawman that some 'Remainers' are using.

By pretending that the 'Brexit' campaign covered all angles of the political arguments, they can unfairly focus on the weak elements and conveniently sweep aside those unheard opinions that might be a serious challenge to their position. By using the media to widely disseminate the strawman, they can create the illusion that those are the only arguments.

Anyone skilled in argumentation can see this.

I know many people who voted for other political reasons, one of them being that they don't want to be part of a centralized European government and don't want another set of lawmakers having a say in our lives. They believe that our long-term political freedom is at risk, so they are prepared to endure short-term losses for long-term gain.

Now ask yourself: do articles like this challenge that position? No, they don't, because it's easier to defeat a strawman than it is to engage in serious political discussion. In fact, they'll ignore this position altogether.

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Remember: We are fair-minded people. Let's have a fair debate.

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