What is the fallacy of equating everything with its worst example?

Slippery slope argument I guess, but I"m looking for something more specific.

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  • could be en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman but i'm thinking of something that is more emotive ? – user6917 Jan 9 '15 at 2:54
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    This is the worst question ever. – DA. Feb 8 '15 at 21:50
  • @DA I've seen way worse. This isn't a bad question. OP is asking for the name of this particular logical fallacy. "Love it or leave it." That means, "If you're going to criticize the government, then why not just leave the country?" There must be a name for that fallacy. This is a perfectly sensible question. – user4894 Feb 9 '15 at 2:23
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    @user4894 I was making an attempt at being funny. I may have failed. – DA. Feb 9 '15 at 2:27
  • What's your question? – curiousdannii Feb 9 '15 at 7:32

Here is a reference claiming that "Love it or leave it" is the fallacy of False Dilemma.

Definition: A limited number of options (usually two) is given, while in reality there are more options. A false dilemma is an illegitimate use of the "or" operator.


(i) Either you're for me or against me.

(ii) America: love it or leave it.


Here is a second source labelling "Love it or leave it" as a False Dilemma.


  • i think false dilemma is sufficient. thank s ! – user6917 Feb 12 '15 at 6:10

Seems to me like they all have false premises. If I'm not mistaken your first example is :

All communists are in North Korea. You are a communist. you should move to North Korea.

I'd say that most people believing the worst possible truths have valid logic but false premises.

Not all communists live in North Korea.

  • it's meant quite rhetorically. 1. all communists are like those in n korea 2. u are a communist 3. so you are like the communists of n korea... something like that anyway, they are just saying that every communist wants to create a n korean dystopia – user6917 Jan 9 '15 at 3:07

I don't know if this is the right answer here, given that this is philosophy. This might be better as an english.se answer.

But I'd suggest 'hyperbolic' is perhaps what you are looking for. That's not really a philosophy, though.