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On the Ad Hominem Argument

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I am simply amazed by the number of people here who think that ad hominem arguments are valid -- or maybe what I'm amazed at is the sheer quantity of time they spend making such arguments.  Here I hope to explain, simply, what an ad hominem argument is, and how it functions.



Ad hominem argument, as follows:



The source of collective hope

"If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution."

-Emma Goldman

This diary is about three things:

1) Hope. One of the responses to my last diary was a discussion of collectives:

I’m not optimistic that our species can think collectively, can decide collectively, nor can it take action on the scale necessary to save everyone.




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