Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Hitler was a vegetarian, therefore, I don’t trust vegetarians.
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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 1,467 Total Answer Attempts   68%
 1,001 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 466 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

1,001 - Guilt by Association
57 - Hasty Generalization
54 - Biased Generalization
30 - Confusing Cause and Effect
24 - Genetic Fallacy
23 - Red Herring
21 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
19 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
18 - Personal Attack
18 - Poisoning the Well
17 - Ad Hominem
15 - Post Hoc
15 - Misleading Vividness
14 - False Dilemma
12 - Relativist Fallacy
12 - Fallacy of Division
10 - Appeal to Fear
10 - Appeal to Spite
10 - Fallacy of Composition
9 - Appeal to Common Practice
9 - Appeal to Belief
8 - Slippery Slope
7 - Appeal to Ridicule
6 - Begging the Question
6 - Special Pleading
6 - Appeal to Popularity
6 - Appeal to Tradition
5 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
4 - Gambler's Fallacy
4 - Appeal to Emotion
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
3 - Middle Ground
3 - Appeal to Authority
2 - Appeal to Novelty
2 - Appeal to Flattery
2 - Peer Pressure
1 - Appeal to Pity
1 - Burden of Proof

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