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Joe, Giridharadas, tu quo que, yo?

Anand Giridharadas made the case for looking to other countries and historical examples to prepare ourselves for what Trump could do to Americans.  Joe Scarborough said it was unnecessary to look to those examples because America has an exceptional system of checks and balances that prevent the rise of tyrants.  Giridharadas pointed out that terrible and systemic abuses of power did happen and were legal under our system (segregation, the internment of Japanese Americans, slavery, etc.); Scarborough suggests that it has all worked itself out, and always will.  Scarborough said we don't need to look to outside examples because of our exceptional status and system of law.  Scarborough is not interested here in increasing the scope of historical examples to a global point of view, and it may be because if he allowed those examples he would have to concede more of Giridharadas' point that dictators can and do rise from democracies.

Scarborough is here committing a fallacy similar to tu quo que, whereby he criticizes Giridharadas' criticism rather than answering the criticism itself.

Around the 10:30 mark:


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