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What are some logical fallicies in Old Major's speech from Chapter 1 Animal Farm?

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One logical fallacy in Old Major's speech is the either/or fallacy. This fallacy, or false reasoning, asserts that one of two extreme possibilities is the only option available. The sentiment "America: love it or leave it" is an example of the either/or fallacy. That statement does not leave open the possibility that you could love your country and yet want to critique it. Likewise, Old Major allows for no compromise or middle ground for the animals on the subject of coexisting with humans. He says:

Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. It is all lies. Man serves the interests of no creature except himself. And among us animals let there be perfect unity, perfect comradeship in the struggle. All men are enemies. All animals are comrades."

It should be noted that Old Major's logic is that of the Soviet communist party, which in the USSR believed there could be no compromise with...

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