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Slippery Slopes

What Derbyshire has said in response to K-Lo is that if we allow slippery slope arguments on the embryo question, we will end up allowing it on all questions, with perverse results. It’s a form of slippery-slopism itself. Which doesn’t establish either its truth or its falsity. Some slippery slope arguments make more sense than others.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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