Sandbox Logic: “Two wrongs don’t make a right”

I’m astounded at the number of examples I’ve encountered from highly-visible essayists (some with letters after their names), article-writers (presumably for money), all the way down to schlubish typists on the internet, where appeals to some other wrong is used in an argument intended to demonstrate that the subject position or proposition is wrong.

In the first ten minutes of the first day of a child’s time in the sandbox, the lesson of, “two wrongs don’t make a right”, is the most likely one to be learned, provided there is an adult nearby, of course.

I find violations of this dictum or precept when evidence is adduced for or against some thing or another: It might be a political policy or objection to an opinion.

One example from last week, was a man attempting to refute the issue being discussed in a televised debate in Britain. The question discussed: “Does social media reveal men’s hatred for women?” The attempted refutation:

What social media shows isn’t that men hate women it’s that women hate everyone, and that women, women are the primary…not only are men the primary victims…but women are the primary perpetrators.

Uhhhh, “primary” attached to “perpetrators” with respect to women means that men are, also, perpetrators.

Further, it could be affirmed that the man argued for the debate-proposition.

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