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Slippery Slopes: They’re Not Fallacies

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Just last week, in reference to the abandonment of first principles, we were reminded by Mark Steyn:

The trick of civilizational self-preservation is to spot this stuff when it’s just small things and stop it at the itsy-bitsy stage. It’s never one thing that is unlike the other, two opposing corners of civilization and barbarism, an express train rocketing from one to the other. It’s always a continuum.

Since several of you have posted the now infamous video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the sale of, uh, “undifferentiated tissue mass” I will not do so again. Butt I will point out that it could certainly be used as Exhibit A in the capital case against unintended consequences.

When people talk about slippery slopes, this is precisely the sort of thing what they are referring to.

slipperyslope1Warning: slippery slopes not always as well marked

  The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? 

William Butler Yeats The Second Coming


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