The idea goes something like this: We can't do something good to try to stop something bad because something else bad, that is independent of the first, still might happen. (Key word still).

Is there a name for this? Example: We can't teach people how to be safe in the city at night so they won't get robbed because then they just get robbed by their family or friends.

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Might be "perfect solution fallacy" aka "nirvana fallacy", meaning that any solution but a perfect one must be rejected. In this case, rejecting any course of action that doesn't prevent all robberies.

  • Depending on the argument that wouldn't be a fallacy but a bias.
    – haxor789
    Aug 2, 2022 at 12:20

This doesn't seem to appear in any lists of common fallacies, although I would suggest terming it the fatalistic fallacy. In general, it would be a claim that all outcomes are the same, therefore all progressions to that outcome are equivalent, so it might be considered a special case of the false equivalence fallacy.


Fallacy of greater privation.

“We’re all dead anyway”

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