Bad at Logic or Intellectually Dishonest

A popular dishonest fallacy I’ve seen a lot recently is to point to an example of one individual saying or advocating something stupid or nasty, and saying, “This is what all people who are _________s believe!”

For example, I was recently in a thread where a few dozen voluntaryists (including me) were arguing against another voluntaryist who said something logically and morally wrong. And yet a number of commies and/or statists decided to chime in to proclaim that the all persons magically represented “anarcho-capitalists,” but for some reason all those arguing against that one didn’t represent anything.

Of course, people do this in all sorts of directions, but I’ve seen this particular fallacy used a lot recently against libertarians and anarchists in particular, almost as if it was orchestrated. Or maybe statists are just that bad at logic, or that intellectually dishonest.

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Larken Rose

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Larken Rose is an anarchist author best known for challenging the IRS to answer questions about the federal tax liability of citizens, and being put in prison with no questions answered. He is the author of The Most Dangerous Superstition.

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