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Daniel Rigney

Daniel Rigney
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August 01
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In this writing workshop and citizen's blog I'm exploring various short forms, often from a satiric angle. My interests include politics, culture and the human comedy; old and new media; social theory and urban life; the commercialization, corporatization and tabloidization of everything; sustainability; Unitarianism (UU); coffee; and writing (sorry, I mean providing content). Turtle stamp is from Tandy Leather. Interested in republishing a piece? Contact drigney3@gmail.com.


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NOVEMBER 12, 2012 1:40PM

Silly Syllogisms 2012

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By Daniel Rigney

In elementary logic, the syllogism commonly assumes the form:

All A’s are B.

All B’s are C.

Therefore, all A’s are C.


Aristotle inspired this classic example:

All men are mortal.

Socrates is a man.

Therefore, Socrates is mortal.


Shakespeare’s Puck took the next logical step:

All mortals are fools.

Socrates is mortal.

Therefore, Socrates is a fool.


… to which Socrates responded posthumously,

 This I know:

That Puck knows nothing.


But we don’t have to exhume the classics to dig up classic examples of the syllogism. Some are hiding in plain search.

 Thus, for example:

“All politics is local.” (Tip O'Neill)

“Local is loco.” (Jim Hightower)

Therefore, “All politics is loco.” (Psychology Today)


Thank you, sir. I’ll have another.


“All Jokes are offensive.” (plancksconstant.org.)

“Trump is a joke.” (The Guardian)

Therefore, “Trump is offensive.” (Las Vegas Sun)


Thank you, sir. I’ll have another.


Rove, Coulter, Limbaugh and NewsFox are “top conservatives.” (topconservativesontwitter.net)

Conservatives lost the election. (John Leonard, salon.com)

Therefore, top “conservatives are losers.” (Jillian Rayfield, salon.com)


Maybe just one more:


“History is the set of lies agreed upon.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

It is now widely agreed that "the Tea Party lies.” (Rachel Maddow)

Therefore, “the Tea Party is history.” (E.J. Dionne)


The argumentation is tight and compelling. It’s all here: the rhetoric of logic and the logic of rhetoric, the cherry-picked documentation, the misleading quotations liberated from their confining contexts.

Rebuttal is futile.

Give it up, NewsFox. In 2012, you’ve been beaten at your own game. OutFoxed, as it were.

Forward, progressives.



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All tree huggers are commies,
All commies are liars; therefore,
Rush Limbaugh is a big, fat, idiot liar!!
Jmac, I cried when I read Al Franken's "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot." They were tears of laughter. Seriously.

By the way, thanks for the Buffalo Springfield timetravel video in your most recent post. Something happened this year. What it is ain't exactly clear. But I'm more optimistic about the future than I was a week ago.
Great fun, Dan! You gotta Hand it to Napoleon...his is the Best! And his Mrs. said, "If only he'd buy MITTens! R
Good ones!!
Twisted my brain!!
Thanks, Marilyn. Napoleon must have had cold fingers.
Thank you, Zanelle. Better a twisted brain than a twisted heart, I'd say. Hope your stucco butterflies are taking flight.