Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles What is Strawman Fallacy? The Strawman Fallacy occurs when someone misrepresents an opponent's argument to make it easier to attack or refute, rather than addressing the actual argument. This involves exaggerating, oversimplifying, or completely fabricating aspects of the argument. It's a common technique in debates and discussions, used to undermine the opponent's position by attacking this weaker "strawman" representation, rather than engaging with the real issues or points being made. Everyday Example: Imagine a conversation about environmental policy. Person A says, "I think we need stricter regulations to protect the environment." Person B responds, "So, you want to shut down all factories and put everyone out of work?" Here, Person B is misrepresenting Person A's argument. Person A suggested stricter regulations, not the extreme measure of shutting down all factories, which is a strawman that Person B created to attack the argument more easily.