“Immigrants take our jobs”

That’s a statement that you hear or read in one form or other very often. It is a generalisation of course, to which you can respond with presenting one instance to the contrary: Answer: “Do you know the baker at twenty second street? He’s an immigrant and he restarted the old bakery. Now he employs…

“Western media’s crusade against Facebook”

This head line was found on the Global Times. It refers to the ubiquity of fake news on Facebook and other social media. The use of the word “crusade” is an exaggeration, number 1. Defending against it is hard but we’ll try. Answer: “How is asking someone to stop lying a crusade?” Technique: “Confuse the issue…

“While “everyone tries to lecture” Russia on democracy, European lawmakers themselves resort to a policy of restrictions”

According to Russia Today, “Putin pointed out that while “everyone tries to lecture” Russia on democracy, European lawmakers themselves resort to a policy of restrictions, “which is not the best way” to deal with any issues.” (link) This particular arguments seems popular: The left only believe in free speech if it’s them talking. The narrative…

“The left only believe in free speech if it’s them talking”

I love this statement. “The left only believe in free speech if it’s them talking” Answer: “Everybody can voice his opinion, but we can’t support people denying others the right to free speech”.  Which is of course exactly what the author blames the leftists to do. Technique: Both sides are using “Use your opponents beliefs…

“Free trade is costing jobs”

Let’s start with a shot from the hip. “Free trade is costing jobs.” Answer: “Well, who will buy all these products if we can’t export them?” Technique: “Turn the tables”, number 26, and “Exaggerate”, number 1