Rhetoric of reverse accusation

Jeffery Folks describes the technique in The Left’s Rhetoric of Accusation

“What better form could a rebuttal take than entangling the accuser in his own accusation?” Minogue concluded (New York, 1985, p. 216).

The rhetoric of reverse accusation has a long history, going back to the writing and speeches of Karl Marx himself.

This is known as the tu quoque logical fallacy. It is a means to maintain the offense and to divert the ‘debate’ away from unpleasant realities. Folks provides examples that illustrate just how popular it is in modern political dialog.

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