In the top-voted answer in this thread: Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States?, it is argued that communism is evil.
The argument goes that communist ideas are contradictory with natural human rights (right to property, right to the fruit of one's labor, etc). Since communism would thus lead to dissent, and since that dissent would need to be contained/subdued, it follows that communism is inherently evil.
The first statement is certainly acceptable ("communist ideas contradict natural rights"). But the remaining conclusions are not linked directly to communism. The fact that the people would dissent if their natural rights were oppressed, and the fact that this dissent would need to be subdued, are two notions unrelated to the concept of communism. Hence, if it still follows that communism is evil, it must be entirely due to the first statement. That is, anything which is contradictory to human rights is evil.
But, that statement right there is absurd:
anything which is contradictory to human rights is evil.
This statement has NO meaning. Human rights are DEFINED by using the terms good and evil. One cannot say that something is a human right without already implicitly having defined what one considers evil and what one considers good. Hence, this statement is entirely circular.
It is not just a poor argument, it's not even an argument, it amounts to saying "5 equals five, therefore communism is evil". I think "oxymoron" is the word.
Am I wrong?
Clearly not. So why then did all you people upvote this ridiculous nonsensical circular answer?