Lessons in Logic
Fallacies of Distraction
Fallacy #3 – Ad baculum
Ad baculum is an appeal “to the stick.” It occurs when when an argument presumes you will either agree or suffer consequences/discomfort. Such as…
“If you don’t vote for my dad, the state will fall apart. So you should vote for my dad.”
or (from Calvin and Hobbes)
“If you don’t give me your lunch, I’m going to pound you, you little twerp.”
or the fallacy will appeal to your personal anxiety…
“You should switch to our toothpaste because you don’t want your friends to laugh at you when you have to have all your teeth removed do you?”
“You don’t like Taco Bell? Hahahahaha!!”
From real life…
“You don’t like Taco Bell? Hahahahahaha!!”
Beware the ad baculum.
Also, I would welcome you to comment with any ad baculums of your own.