Fallacy of relative privation

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The fallacy of relative privation, or appeal to bigger problems, is an informal fallacy in which an opponent's arguments about issues are minimized, deemed unimportant, or dismissed on the grounds that more important topics and issues exist, regardless of whether these problems are relevant to the question at hand or not.[1][2][3][4]

A well-known example of this fallacy is the response "but there are children starving in Africa", with the implication that any issue less serious is not worthy of discussion.

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