F-Word Fallacy

The fallacy that, by using the F-word, you make it plain that you are cutting through all elaboration and pretentious rubbish and getting to the heart of the matter with laser-like discipline (which the other side may lack). The F-word may reveal that you are so high on certainty that you have forgotten to make any argument at all. And yet, in the presence of bad faith, shock and absence, the F-word and its relatives may be well justified: it is a wake up call. The F-word is the emotions’ version of the discreet cough.


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Indignation, Insult.

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David Fleming
Dr David Fleming (2 January 1940 – 29 November 2010) was an economist, historian and writer, based in London. He was among the first to reveal the possibility of peak oil's approach and invented the influential TEQs scheme, designed to address this and climate change. He was also a significant figure in the development of the UK Green Party, the Transition Towns movement and the New Economics Foundation, as well as a Chairman of the Soil Association. His wide-ranging independent analysis culminated in two critically acclaimed books, Lean Logic and Surviving the Future. A film about his perspective and legacy - The Sequel: What Will Follow Our Troubled Civilisation? - was released in 2019, directed by BAFTA-winning director Peter Armstrong. For more information, including on Lean Logic, click the little globe below!

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