Guilt by Association

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    Please feel free to post your own examples of this fallacy or other logical fallacies. Here’s an example:

    Jen and Sandy are discussing the topic of welfare. Jen is fairly conservative politically but she has been an active opponent of racism. Sandy is extremely liberal politically.

    Jen: “I was reading over some private studies of welfare and I think it would be better to have people work for their welfare. For example, people could pick up trash, put up signs, and maybe even do skilled labor that they are qualified for. This would probably make people feel better about themselves and it would get more out of our tax money.”

    Sandy: “I see. So, you want to have the poor people out on the streets picking up trash for their checks? Well, you know that is exactly the position David Count endorses.”

    Jen: “Who is he?”

    Sandy: “I’m surprised you don’t know him, seeing how alike you two are. He was a Grand Mooky Wizard for the Aryan Pure White League and is well known for his hatred of blacks and other minorities. With your views, you’d fit right in to his little racist club.”

    Jen: “So, I should reject my view just because I share it with some racist?”

    Sandy: “Of course.”

    http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/guilt-by-association.html

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    LurkingGrendel
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    Sieg Heil

    #25116
    Vitalogy
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    Epic fail.

    But I’ll give you a half hearted Nazi salute for trying.

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