Worst argument in the world

Date: 2017-02-28 05:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
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Calling someone a racist because of some views they hold is the worst argument in the world. I'd suggest tabooing the word "racist" and instead focus on how exactly they are a threat. By calling someone racist, you associate them with all the negative attributes and atrocities ever associated with racism. And because the term is so loosely applied it has very little predictive power. It's a cheap argument which is likely to polarize people and might even turn away potential allies who feel you are being intellectually dishonest and just trying to score some points in the outrage Olympics.
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