Bulverism at The Bulwark

President Donald Trump gestures in front of supporters in Oshkosh, Wisc., August 17, 2020. (Tom Brenner/Reuters)
Charlie Sykes and Jonathan Last attacked me for the sin of ‘anti-anti-Trumpism.’

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE C. S. Lewis, writing in 1941, coined his famous definition of the logical fallacy of Bulverism:

You must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became to be so silly. . . . I have found this vice so common that I have had to invent a name for it. I call it “Bulverism.” . . . Its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver . . . heard

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