Spaghetti and Meatballs


Gary Johnston (not my real name) says, “People have been dying mysteriously ever since the vaccine rollout.”

“Nonsense!” says Dr. Establishment.  Gary Johnston is a conspiracy theorist.”

Dr. Establishment does not present any facts to prove Gary Johnston is talking nonsense.  Dr. Establishment calls Gary Johnston a conspiracy theorist.  In other words, “What Gary Johnston said is not true because he is a conspiracy theorist.”

Ad hominem is Latin for to the person.  It is a fallacious way of arguing.  People have no facts to prove someone wrong, so they attack the person’s character or beliefs.

So what if Gary Johnston is a conspiracy theorist?  Can you prove that what he says is false?

When I hear anyone using the ad hominem argument, I think of spaghetti and meatballs.

“What this person says is false because he or she does not like spaghetti and meatballs.”

Not liking spaghetti and meatballs is like being called a conspiracy theoristanti-vaxxerNazi, communist, nose-picking-bed-wetter, etc.

Never mind attacking the person.  Produce facts proving that what he or she says is wrong.

Alarms sound in my head when I hear Dr. Establishment accuse someone of not liking spaghetti and meatballs.  It means that what the person is saying is likely true.  Dr. Establishment has no facts to prove otherwise.



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I am Minnie and Chic's son.