Is it just me?

I’m accused of being everything from a neocon ‘Uncle Tom’ to an ‘Islamofascist’. Does this mean I’m doing my job properly?

So asks someone writing in Comment Is Free. The short answer is no.

Maybe they were purely the voices in my head, but I remember hearing people, apropos of the Northern Ireland situation, saying things like ‘if he’s pissing off people on both sides, he must be doing something right’.  Yet this ‘must’ is far too forceful. The person in question could be simply an annoying fathead.


5 Responses to “Is it just me?”

  1. 1 copernicus January 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    ho, ho, a devious fallacy deployed there to skullduggerous ends. I recently picked up a little paperback gem in the philosophy section of Hodges Figgis which you might well get a kick out of (if your shelves don’t already groan under its prodigious gravity) –

    How to Win Every Argument – the Use and Abuse of Logic, by Madsen Pirie.

    It’s basically a catalogue and explanation of every logical fallacy known to Logic and rhetoric.

    According to google, there is a review by Tim Worstall, who at least has the good grace to admit he appears to have deployed most of the fallacies set out in the book. See also –

  2. 2 Hugh Green January 11, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I always meant to pick up that book. But of late I have an aversion to buying How To.. books. I don’t want to give the shop assistant the impression that I am a rudderless individual. It is the male refusal to ask for directions taken to a ridiculous conclusion.

  3. 3 Kevin January 11, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Missed the boat then, Hugh. You could have gone in over Christmas and asked them if they do gift wrapping as you were paying for it.

  4. 4 copernicus January 11, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I can see your point but surely “How to win every argument” gives impression of ruthless individual on a quest to dominate the weakling all around him.

  5. 5 Hugh Green January 11, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Kevin, that would be even worse. What sort of man buys self-help-cum-philosophy books as gifts? Real men buy swiss army knives and hip flasks. Copernicus, but ruthless individuals don’t actually need to win arguments: the hired goons see such things through to resolution.

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