Won’t somebody please think of the children? This emotional fallacy – an “appeal to pity” – aims to manipulate people’s emotions. The idea is to bypass critical thinking or rationality in favour of an emotional response. We see this with cannabis legalization, no matter where you’re from. Politicians and “public health” busybodies justify restrictions on cannabis markets by appealing to “young people.” As if anyone under 25 had no sentience or moral agency of their own. Appealing to “the children” […]
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