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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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My opponent believes that we should spend more on education. Do you know who else believes that? the Dictator himself!!!
Guilt by Association
AKA Bad Company Fallacy, Company that You Keep Fallacy

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

Guilt by Association is a fallacy in which a person rejects a claim simply because it is pointed out that people she dislikes accept the claim. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. It is pointed out that person A accepts claim P.
  2. Therefore P is false
It is clear that sort of "reasoning" is fallacious. For example the following is obviously a case of poor "reasoning": "You think that 1+1=2. But, Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Joseph Stalin, and Ted Bundy all believed that 1+1=2. So, you shouldn't believe it."

The fallacy draws its power from the fact that people do not like to be associated with people they dislike. Hence, if it is shown that a person shares a belief with people he dislikes he might be influenced into rejecting that belief. In such cases the person will be rejecting the claim based on how he thinks or feels about the people who hold it and because he does not want to be associated with such people.

Of course, the fact that someone does not want to be associated with people she dislikes does not justify the rejection of any claim. For example, most wicked and terrible people accept that the earth revolves around the sun and that lead is heavier than helium. No sane person would reject these claims simply because this would put them in the company of people they dislike (or even hate).

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 537 Total Answer Attempts   62%
 333 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 204 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
333 - Guilt by Association
13 - Appeal to Authority
13 - Personal Attack
12 - Ad Hominem
11 - Post Hoc
11 - Hasty Generalization
11 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
10 - Poisoning the Well
9 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
9 - Appeal to Ridicule
9 - Red Herring
9 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
8 - Appeal to Fear
7 - Relativist Fallacy
6 - Appeal to Popularity
5 - Slippery Slope
5 - Genetic Fallacy
5 - Appeal to Spite
5 - Begging the Question
5 - Appeal to Common Practice
4 - Middle Ground
4 - Biased Generalization
4 - Ignoring a Common Cause
4 - Misleading Vividness
3 - Fallacy of Composition
3 - Appeal to Belief
3 - Burden of Proof
3 - Appeal to Tradition
3 - Gambler's Fallacy
2 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Peer Pressure
2 - Confusing Cause and Effect
1 - False Dilemma
1 - Fallacy of Division
1 - Special Pleading
1 - Appeal to Flattery

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