There Is No Alternative
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I have been thinking about how we are learning about these psychological things and how far we have come. Maybe we can change things up a little and start diving into branches of psychology. More on that later!
Let’s learn the fallacy of TINA aka There Is No Alternative.
What is it?
A very common contemporary extension of the either/or fallacy in which someone in power quashes critical thought by announcing that there is no realistic alternative to a given standpoint, status or action, arbitrarily ruling any and all other options out of bounds.
Announcing that a decision has been made and any further discussion is insubordination, disloyalty, treason, disobedience or simply a waste of precious time when there's a job to be done.
Where does it occur?
Usage of such fallacy can be noticed when the opposive party has weak defensive argument. This fallacy is a way to wrap up the debate or hide the search of truth.
Why do I need to know?
TINA is most often a naked power-play, a slightly more sophisticated variety of the Argumentum ad Baculum.
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