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Comment: The argument from authority is cheap and easy

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The argument from authority is cheap and easy

It's true because the President said it. It is legal because Lincoln did it. It is right because RonPaul endorsed it. Yeah, those arguments are used everyday by all kinds of people.

For those of us who admire Rothbard, Rand, Mises, Hayek, Paul...we're likely to fall into the same patterns. Rather than fully understanding and articulating an argument, we take the shortcut of saying, "Well, Rand said...." in hopes that our opponent will not want to take on the great Rational Sage. Of course, then the argument veers off into Rand's picadillos, and good reasoning is lost to bad gossip.