I've got a first-time question here I'd like to ask, and like a conscientious SE user I've been reading the FAQ, intro and related meta-threads to see if it's on topic or off topic. I haven't found a clear answer.
Question structure is like this:
- Here's a set of (similar) dubious claims... There's a type of argument I hear used a lot, usually by politicians and economic pundits of dubious qualification. Arguments of this type all seem (to me) to share a logical flaw in common.
- ...what fallacy (if any) are these examples of? I want to know: do they in fact share a common flaw? And assuming they do, how is it best classified? Is it a known logical fallacy, a sub-type of a broader type of known fallacy, etc? If someone makes a new claim using the same logic, how would we characterise it?
So it's very very close to a standard Skeptics question. We're taking notable claims, by politicians, and challenging them. The difference is, it's a batch operation looking for a flaw in a set of claims, not one claim at a time. We're looking for a logical fault in a set of claims, rather than an empirical fault in an individual claim.
I've read the FAQ and the introduction, and I've read the existing meta thread on logical fallacies, and I'm not clear on what the current consensus is (if there is one). It's clear that, at the one extreme, this isn't a place for abstract philosophical discussions of fallacies and logic. It appears that a question that I'm guessing was about the "argument from final consequences" logical fallacy in the abstract (rather than applied to specific claims) was removed. It's also clear that, at the other extreme, it's fine and seemingly encouraged to bring logical fallacies into discussions of specific claims. My question's somewhere in the middle.
It looks like there's some tolerance of questions about applying logical fallacies to real-world issues and general classes of real-world issue. For example, there's this popular question: Do most economists consider lump of labor to be a fallacy?. But the 'logical-fallacy' tag seems to have been culled and the 'logic' tag only applied to questions about claims about logic (e.g. in psychology).
So before I go to the trouble of writing a question of the form "What logical fallacy, if any, are these claims an example of?", what is the current policy? Would this question be okay?