Is the "slippery slope" argument ever valid?
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Yes, it is valid.
It is not valid in every situation of course- for instance, less harsh punishments for sex between consenting minors will not bring about the fall of society. However, for personal, internal battles, we've all had it happen.
"I'll skip jogging, just this once."
"I'll stay up late, just this once."
"I'll have meaningless sex, just this once."
"I'll skip church, just this once."
Obviously it's valid, given how effective New Years Resolutions are- not very! As a political strategy, it's a cop-out, but as a personal reality, not as much.
It's one of the weakest arguments, because it doesn't really contradict the validity of the opposing view. What it does is, it tries to invoke fear of a greater danger that is supposedly attached to the acceptance of the opposing view.
So you hear people saying "we don't want a social health care system because that is a slippery slope to communism", an argument that doesn't really dispute the merits of the social health care, it simply attaches it to the greater danger of communism.
In simple terms, the "slippery slope" argument is no different to scare mongering.
Why am I on this side of the debate? Because I actually thought of one case where this argument is actually valid: when an action creates a right that cannot be afforded by everyone.
You arrive 5 minutes late in your classroom and your teacher tells you that you can't come in because you are late. You plead with the teacher to forgive you and allow you to attend class. But the teacher says "if I allow you then I'm putting myself in a slippery slope of having to allow everyone else when they arrive late". Which would disrupt the order in the classroom. The argument is still weak in the sense that it relies on the possibility of all the other students exploiting the teacher's decision. But nevertheless, it's still a valid argument because in theory, all the other students should be allowed in the classroom when they are late.
Many arguments already have their own problem and don't need a slippery slope. If they don't have a problem, then they DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM. The idea that one thing will lead to another is stupid.
Universal Healthcare - Stop with the commie crap. Yes, it is socialist, but it's main problem is that it constricts innovation in the field of medicine and has the same people who waited a week to save New Orleans to give you very important surgery. LOLGOODJOB!
Guns - Taking away guns takes away your ability to protect yourself. Although, no one actually makes a slippery slope argument for gun rights. They want their guns, end of story.
Abortion - The main argument from Feminazis is that they'll end up losing their right to vote. Way to lose support, dumb cunts. Abortion should be supported by the fact that fetuses aren't sentient beings. they're just fetuses.
and so on. If a slippery slope is your own argument, you need to look at your fuckin' argument.
It's when someone argues against something because they say it will lead to other unacceptable changes. For example:
-If we allow two me to get married, then what's to stop a man and a bar of soap from getting married?
-If they take away our guns, what'll they take away next?
-If you legalize pot, what else are we going to legalize? Meth? Cocaine? Heroin?
Obviously these are just examples, but I think you get the idea.
I always hated the "well if your friends jumped off a cliff would you!?" argument.[parents use it a lot] It's usually not a very good argument.
Slipper slope usually isn't a good way to win a debate. But just because you are losing a debate doesn't mean you are wrong.
But sometimes it works.
I could argue that if the media has so much power over the young people in america[it does] what is to stop propaganda from happening?
Side: it depends on the actual argument
That's not a slippery slope, that's peer pressure!
Slippery slope would be a parent saying that a their child can't do any smoking, drinking, partying, or having sex because "The next think you know you'll be doing meth and have a baby!" , when most of the time it won't result in meth or a baby.
Also, propaganda isn't slippery slope either!
Small things CAN cause larger things to happen, but only with help from other small things. So if a person is pointing out a trend or a bunch of little things, then yes, it could be valid. But if someone says that one TINY thing will almost certainly lead to HORRIBLE DISASTER, then no, that's not valid.
Acceptable argument: Many different events and decisions led to world war one.
Non-acceptable argument: It was ALL, absolutely ALL, the fault of that one person who said that one thing that set off the guy who shot Archduke Ferdinand.