03 May 2010
Arizona and the Genetic Fallacy
Are both the supporters and opponents of the Arizona immigration law committing the "genetic fallacy" of supporting (or criticizing) a law because of the motivations that gave rise to it, instead of on the basis of the law's merits (or demerits) themselves? Jack Weinstein raises this as an open question. I believe they are indeed committing the fallacy, or at least some of them are.