Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Sore Losers

Sanctimony - My position is morally superior to my opponent's, and as such (by implication) my argument is correct. This is a fallacy when the supposed moral high ground is merely asserted or appropriated by the either deluded or self-serving puffed-up advocate rather than legitimately acquired through reasoned argument. "I am morally superior because... um... I am morally superior."

This description fits many comments I read (continually) since the last federal election - specifically regarding how "sick" our democracy is. I.e., the team I was going for lost, I am (morally) superior, therefore, as it can't be that I'm wrong, there must be something wrong with the game.