< dialectic, logic, rethoric, method, argument>, <demostration, proof, persuasion>, (argumentum ad baculum) the informal fallacy of securing agreement by threatening adverse consequences in case of disagreement. Example: "Anyone who believes that the government has exceeded its proper authority under the constitution will be subjected to severe harassment by the provincial police. Therefore, the government has not exceeded its authority." Recommended Reading: Douglas Walton, Scare Tactics: Arguments That Appeal to Fear and Threats (Kluwer, 2000).
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