What is the difference between whataboutism and recognizing double standards?

What is the difference between whataboutism and recognizing double standards?

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  1. 99% of the time whataboutism is not answering or addressing a direction question. It’s a tactic of deflection in debate to throw off your opponent.

    It all depends on the context and the environment of the discussion.

  2. uh, not using it as a “whatabout”

    like, if the topic is about X, you immediately say “what about Y?” to change topic, that’s a whataboutism.

    if that didn’t happen, it’s not.

  3. It is only “recognizing double standards” if you’re the one saying it. If it’s someone else saying it then it’s “whataboutism”.

  4. It’s the difference between arguing in good faith versus bad—i.e., trying to find a solution or build consensus vs. trying to posture oneself into a superior status over the other.

  5. A lot of arguments, especially regarding political issues have no right or wrong. Using whataboutism is simply trying to use an analogy to apply the same set of standards in a similar situation in which the current situations behaviors are unacceptable.

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