What is it called when you're in an argument with someone about some relatively small thing, and they bring up an overarching out-of-your control thing that if things go wrong, the smaller argument is moot? Something something blah blah fallacy? It's on the tip of my tongue.

For example: arguing with a coworker about respecting personal space, and the one who doesn't care about it (trying to argue against the need for it for some other value like organization/cleanliness) brings up "well, if we don't have enough sales and lose our jobs and can't afford this office it's not going to matter!"


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Possibly a red-herring, or ignoratio elenchi (i.e. an ignoring of a refutation)?

Attempting to redirect the argument to another issue that to which the person doing the redirecting can better respond. While it is similar to the avoiding the issue fallacy, the red herring is a deliberate diversion of attention with the intention of trying to abandon the original argument.

In your case it sounds like non-sequitur (i.e. it does not follow) followed by opinion.

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