15 August 2011


Eric S Raymond | Kafkatrapping

One very notable pathology is a form of argument that, reduced to essence, runs like this: “Your refusal to acknowledge that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…} confirms that you are guilty of {sin,racism,sexism, homophobia,oppression…}.” I’ve been presented with enough instances of this recently that I’ve decided that it needs a name. I call this general style of argument “kafkatrapping”, and the above the Model A kafkatrap.
This is a wonderful term. Read the rest for his categorization of the particular forms of the kafkatrap.

1 comment:

  1. By pointing out the existence of this argument, you're only further confirming your guilt! You might as well just turn yourself in at the closest police station.