Guilt by corporate association

posted by
May 19, 2011
Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz  
Posted in Commentary

"A favorite tactic of left-leaning critics of libertarians and other defenders of the free market is to smear them with a form of guilt by association: namely, by pointing out when advocates of deregulation have links, especially financial, to corporations which presumably would benefit from that deregulation. According to the critics, since those advocates support corporate interests, they are presumed to be mere mouthpieces for business self-interest rather than disinterested truth-seekers. The argument behind this smear is fallacious for several reasons." (05/19/11)  

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