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Argumentum ad Populum

Argumentum ad Populum
ShareThe logical fallacy known as Argumentum ad Populum means ‘to prove by appeal to the majority.’  This is done by snob appeal and/or using the ‘get on the bandwagon’ method.  It is perhaps the most commonly used way to convert voters into sheep marching in lock step.  One of the more effective ways politicians employ this argument is by using endorsements from Hollywood...

Argumentum Ad Hominem

Argumentum Ad Hominem
ShareWe are entering the silly season when politicians clamor for our attention and vote.  They and their minions will pronounce a variety of charges, denials, innuendos, attacks, defenses, and sometimes outright lies about their opponents.  One of the most commonly used weapons is “Argumentum Ad Hominem” or “argument against the person.” This is not necessarily a bad thing.  We elect...