Asked • 04/27/19

Logical fallacy: X is bad, Y is worse, thus X is not bad?

I have heard this type of argument too many times: You are criticising X using well researched facts and arguments. Your interlocutor, states that Y is much worse with equally well researched facts and arguments. X and Y are linked in a general sense: two alternative medicines (homeopathy & chiropractics), two politicians (May & Corbyn), two historical figures (Hitler & Stalin). So far so good, it is a conversation. Now, your interlocutor uses his arguments that Y is worse to suggest that X is in fact, good. **This logical fallacy asserts that because Y is much worse than X, therefore X would be a good thing™.** What is this logical fallacy called?

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