More often than not I find the slippery slope argument lazy. It can be applied on either side of an argument to make the other person feel like a tyrant in training. Good policy lies in the messy middle. Checks and balances are designed to protect us from the slippery slopes.
Next time you make the slippery slope argument - try to flip sides and see how it can be used against your position.
Instead of debating the extremes -let’s discuss how to manage the messy middle.
The more I think about it the more I believe that slippery slope is perfect made for Twitter. Maximum outrage in minimum characters. Strangely these arguments are used by many smart people who know better.
Probably because their Twitter addiction out weighs their good sense.
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