Blind Loyalty

Blind loyalty is the fallacy that an action or an argument is right because a respected leader or parent, adult, boss commanding officer etc. says its right. This fallacy occurs often with crime because one argues in court that the were “just following orders” or “were told to do so”. I found an example of this in the news from 2009.  A man by the name of Heinrich Boere was an Ex-Nazi.  He claims that he was following orders and “I knew that if I didn’t carry out my orders I would be breaking my oath and would be shot myself.” He is claiming that he shot 3 people on the basis that he was just following orders from his commanding officers.  

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