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7-14-2011 @ 3:02PM
"Valid argument is valid." lolIt's technically possible to have a valid slippery slope argument, but you almost never actually see one.The only way to make a "slippery slope" argument valid is to demonstrate that the current decision leads *inevitably* to the later thing you don't want. In other words, you must prove that it is impossible to implement the current thing without also implementing the latter thing. If you cannot prove that, it is an invalid argument. For example, if you cannot prove that it is impossible to sell cosmetic items without inevitably also selling items that make you more powerful, then the argument is invalid. You may have very valid reasons to oppose selling the latter, but they do not form a valid argument for opposing the former until you prove the impossibility of doing the former without the latter.In order to oppose something relatively harmless on the basis of "where it leads", you must prove that it actually does lead there. Without that, it's an invalid argument, and almost always, it's impossible to prove that because the current act does not require the supposed follow-up. If you don't want that follow-up, then oppose it, but don't oppose the current thing if there's nothing wrong with it other than you see it as "a step in the direction of ..." Every step westwards is a step towards drowning in the Pacific, but whatever you arguments may be against downing oneself, they do not constitute an argument against walking west, despite the true fact that walking west is indeed a step in that direction.
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