The Absurdity of Ad Hominem

(Don Boudreaux) Tweet Joakim Book patiently and thoroughly exposes the weaknesses in ad hominem arguments – in this case with reference to ad hominem attacks on AIER’s Great Barrington Declaration . Two slices: As soon as the Bought-and-Paid-For objection is raised, two strange things happen.

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Because AIER has apparently taken even a small amount of money from someone that the author dislikes, anything ever written on this site can be safely disregarded. What an easy life Ahmed lives! Find a disturbing argument, look up the financials, and if you find something distasteful, reject – without substantive evidence – everything they say.

Source: The Absurdity of Ad Hominem

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