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In a discussion you can often find the phenomenon of opposite accusations. It goes like this:

Given two sides of a debate, say P and Q, the accusations P makes of Q are equivalent to the opposite of what Q really is, and vice-versa.

A(P → Q) = -Q = P

For a long time i tried to put an “almost” or an “if” or some kind of condition in this rule. But there wasn’t any. As amazing as it might sound, most of the times things are exactly the opposite of what the name-calling would point to.

Examples are abundant. Rational modernism is abused by verbose post-structuralists. So called Leftists want more taxes. The people shouting for more “democracy” in a meeting are the ones who gather all the attention onto themselves. And so on and so forth.

Tiresome, really.


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