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  •  Nope - You LOOK UP - to the Graham's Pyramid (0+ / 0-)

    "ad hominem" attacks are those that Attack the person - while failing (in this case miserably failing) to address the merits of the debate.

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    Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

    by laserhaas on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 06:30:18 AM PDT

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    •  More or less (2+ / 0-)
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      The argumentum ad hominem is a deflection, attacking the character of the person making the argument rather than the argument itself. However, the intent is to discredit the argument through that attack.

      If your intent was solely to deflect away from the merits of their argument, you could do that just as easily by complementing them. If someone made an argument and I responded with:

      "I think conspiracy theorists are an unjustly maligned group who do a great service to society."

      Then I have not answered the argument, which is simple deflection, but I have not tried to weaken their argument, either. We would not call that simple deflection an ad hominem attack. If I said:

      "Conspiracy theorists are nuts, so what did you expect?"

      The attack on the character of the person is clearly meant to be an attack on the quality of their argument without ever addressing its substance. That would be an ad hominem attack ("you are nuts, and this implies your argument is false even if I do not explicitly mention your argument").

      •  And that is what he & they do - over/ over (0+ / 0-)

        again and again.

        They are defending Mitt Romney and his attorneys;
        attacking me - to stop you from seeing the fact

        That Romney is benefiting from organized crimes

        and CORRUPTION of our federal system of justice.


        Mitt Romney was CEO of Bain until Aug 2001. Proof of Bain & Romney Fraud

        by laserhaas on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 07:42:23 AM PDT

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