The American Fake News and Anti-Trump sentiment is reaching fever pitch, and as these types of things happen to me all the time, I thought I would write a short article confirming the logical fallacies underlying this phenomenon and why things can escalate rapidly.
Many directionless people have the need to be a part of a group, and this is prevalent in Australasian cultures particularly, where Collectivism is favoured over Individualism.
In fact I have used the word ‘cabal‘ in various articles and they are sadly misguided in relation to their erroneous belief about the ‘Common Interest Privilege’ which they think they enjoy. As it happens I am opening that up next week 🙂
The bandwagon fallacy is committed by arguments that appeal to the growing popularity of an idea as a reason for accepting it as true. They take the mere fact that an idea suddenly attracting adherents as a reason for people to join in with the trend and become adherents of the idea themselves.
This is a fallacy because there are many other features of ideas than truth that can lead to a rapid increase in popularity. Peer pressure (SG), tangible benefits (LK), or even mass stupidity (AU) could lead to a false idea being adopted by lots of people. A rise in the popularity of an idea, then, is NO GUARANTEE OF ITS TRUTH.
The bandwagon fallacy is closely related to the appeal to popularity; the difference between the two is that the bandwagon fallacy places an emphasis on current fads and trends, on the growing support for an idea, whereas the appeal to popularity does not.
(1) Increasingly, people are coming to believe that parties are deserting Joe because of various [unlawful] criminal investigations, [due to the injurious falsehoods of the Melbourne Fraudsters and their associates];
(2) Joe is a criminal [which is obviously denied :)]
This argument commits the bandwagon fallacy because it appeals to the mere fact that an idea is fashionable as evidence that the idea is true. Mere trends in thought are not reliable guides to truth, though; the fact that defamatory statements about Joe and Rhodium are becoming more fashionable does not imply that they are true.
Actually my lawyers have been f*^king around and associated themselves with various frauds, and their positions became untenable.
Appeal to Popularity Fallacy
Appeals to popularity suggest that an idea must be true simply because it is widely held. This is a fallacy because popular opinion can be, and quite often is, mistaken. Hindsight makes this clear: there were times when the majority of the population believed that the Earth is the still centre of the universe, and that diseases are caused by evil spirits; neither of these ideas was true, despite its popularity.
(1) Many people believe Joe has no money and neither does Rhodium, [due to the injurious falsehoods of the Melbourne Fraudsters and their associates]
(2) Joe has no money and neither does Rhodium [which is obviously denied :)]
This argument is an appeal to popularity because it suggests that Joe has no money based solely on the popularity of the flawed theory that Joe has no money.
I will write an article on the Perception of Insolvency at some point, as that is the usual trick that my adversaries run, to cause a Human Resources deficit, and incite physical violence against me – and of course their hope is for it to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. – it won’t !!
Proverbs 16:27-29 Living Bible (TLB)
One of the reasons that this happens is because the naysayers have just too much time on their hands. Their lack of discipline and inability to keep their nose out of other people’s matters is the root of this evil:-
27 Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece.[a]
28 An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends.
29 Wickedness loves company—and leads others into sin.[b]
- Proverbs 16:27 Idle hands are the devil’s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece, literally, “A worthless man devises mischief; and in his lips there is a scorching fire.”
- Proverbs 16:29 Wickedness loves company—and leads others into sin, or “An evil man deceives his neighbor and leads him into loss.”
I have no interest in winning a popularity contest and this is why I do not waste my time trying to explain to fools why they are fools. During the month of May I was taking thing easy and considering new legal strategies, accounting functions and recovering data.
June is however ‘the Holy Month of Rhodium’ and my colleagues advise me that regularisation of various matters is going very well. So I will let them get on with it 🙂
I did, however, have a look at the [email protected] e-mail account and noted that there were no e-mails – I was expecting some, at the very least from parties with some axe to grind or another. So once again, for about the millionth time:-
“Use [email protected] for matters of a financial nature and [email protected] for legal issues. Contractors are responsible for handling e-mail and there are specific terms that need to be accepted first otherwise your e-mails will be rejected automatically at server level.
Or perhaps I am just not that ‘popular’ – “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” 🙂