Given the breathless rate of societal upheaval in America these past 2 years, the IS/OUGHT fallacy seems to be the modus operandi of the current ‘Culture Nazis’.
What do I mean by that?
First of all, to set the stage for this failure in reasoning, here is where I see this kind of fallacious thinking popping up. People seem to believe and argue for a narrative that goes like this:
- This relationship exists (IS), therefore it ought to be authorized (OUGHT)
In short hand – If something exists, it should exist.
But is that true? And if so, then on what basis? What grounds or serves as a foundation for this premise and conclusion?
If my two-year old granddaughter makes a scene when her parents deny her every wish, should she throw a tantrum just because that is her ‘natural’ or default response?
Just because she screams, should she scream?
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