Politician's syllogism

Politics, rhetoric

The politician's syllogism is of the form:

  1. We must do something.
  2. This is something.
  3. Therefore, we must do this.

Similar form:

  1. To improve things, things must change.
  2. We are changing things.
  3. Therefore, we are improving things.

Watch out for this fallacy in politics but also in corporate speeches and work meetings. The lure of acting is strong, even if sometimes not intervening might be for the best. Suggesting inaction rarely ends well in politics/business, hence the existence of fallacies like this.

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