Tuesday, January 31, 2006

George Bush the Ultimate Single Cause Fallacy

It is understandable that those politically opposed to George W Bush would seek to blame him for those problems for which he might arguably be the proximate cause. Or at least, part of the proximate cause.

Many Bush opponents move beyond reasonable argument, and begin to demonise Bush until he represents the single cause of a problem. The complexities of the issue and the significance of non-Bush contributing factors are ignored. The symptoms of this level of the Single Cause fallacy are a reliance by proponents on less intellectually respectable forms of argument - such as posting photographs of chimpanzees alongside photographs of George W Bush and inviting comparison.

However some less intellectually gifted opponents of Bush go further than this, and exhibit what has come to be known as the Bush Derangement Syndrome. This is a marginally psychotic version of the single cause fallacy, where Bush is blamed for everything - including natural phenomena such as hurricanes and tsunamis.

From this day forth, this version of the single cause fallacy shall be known as the Single Cause of All Woes Fallacy.