Talk:Slippery slope

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Search on exact phrase "slippery slope", all article types, ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2003) (a database available to patrons of many public libraries)

1857-99: 5
1900-49: 41
1950-59: 11
1960-69: 23
1970-79: 36
1980-89: 144
1980 4
1981 7
1982 10
1983 8
1984 15
1985 14
1986 22
1987 20
1988 23
1989 21
1990-99: 402
2000-06: 203

Dpbsmith 06:58, 29 March 2007 (EDT)

In the ProQuest database, first ten appearances of "slippery slope" in an article title are:

  • Dauntless Is the Skier Seeking Snow; The Uncertainties of Travel Fail to Halt His Quest for Slippery Slopes as Shown by a Railroad Trip to Snow Valley Above Manchester, Vt.
By GEORGE H. COPELAND. New York Times Jan 10, 1943. p. D5 (1 page)
  • Russia and China Edge Down a Slippery Slope
HARRISON E. SALISBURY. New York Times Apr 6, 1969. p. E3 (1 page)
  • The Nation; U.S. and Cambodia: Down the 'Slippery Slope' Again?
JOHN W. FINNEY. New York Times Oct 17, 1971. p. E2 (2 pages)
"Last week the question of whether the United States was going down the same slippery slope in Cambodia was revived by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee..."
  • The Slippery Slopes; When one question leads to another
By Robert M. Smith. New York Times Aug 22, 1973. p. 37 (1 page)
  • Anywhere one looks the slippery slope is covered with oil
By JAMES CHACE. New York Times Aug 24, 1975. p. 230 (2 pages)
  • ESSAY Down the Slippery Slope
By William Safire. New York Times Apr 23, 1981. p. A23 (1 page)
  • On the Slippery Slopes of Summitry
By BERNARD GWERTZMAN. New York Times Jan 9, 1983. p. E4 (1 page)
  • On the Slippery Slope To Another Vietnam
HENRY R. LABOUISSE. New York Times Mar 16, 1986. p. 215 (1 page)
  • Italy's Communists on Slippery Slope
By ROBERTO SURO. New York Times Jun 21, 1987. p. E2 (1 page)
  • The Cheap Dollar's Slippery Slope
By Michael Harrington. New York Times Jan 20, 1988. p. A23 (1 page)
If you keep this, up all articles will have counts like this. Soon the entire encyclopedia will die from edit countitis, and all computers around the world will explode. ;-) --Ed Poor 08:15, 29 March 2007 (EDT)
Just tryin' to figure it out. I've got it in my head that it was a long-standing usage in Protestant rhetoric. I think it's very interesting the 1905 example in the article that calls it a "characteristic phrase" of Anglican Archbishop Frederick Temple. I looked in Pilgrim's Progress for anything about slopes or slipperiness but couldn't find anything. I have a notion that there must have been some famous book or sermon or revivalist who popularized the term but I haven't been able to find any evidence yet.
But the second question is: from the above it seems clear that, whatever was happening earlier, in the 1980s it experienced a rather sudden rise in popularity as a term in political discourse. I'm trying to figure out if there's some identifiable origin for the modern use. Dpbsmith 09:03, 29 March 2007 (EDT)
OK, I'm going to put something in the article about its having emerged in the 1980s. In Wikipedia this would be banned as original research, but given that Aschlafly sanctions original work, given that my evidence is shown above and that the research can be easily replicated by many people with access to public libraries, I think it's acceptable. In Wikipedia the ban on OR is partly because people want to see source citations as evidence of some outside judgement of importance, but how the phrase emerged is obviously relevant here. Dpbsmith

logical fallacy?

I'll grant that I'm not an expert on the subject of logic (next semester, though!) but does a slippery slope argument have to be a logical fallacy? If all of the "if p then q" statements are true, then the argument isn't a fallacy, correct? HelpJazz 19:07, 16 October 2007 (EDT)