Appeal to spite:

Emotional Fallacy
Definition Example
When an appeal to bitterness or spite towards the proponents of an opposing position is used in an attempt to make or bolster an argument. If you think we should bailout that bank, consider that the incompetent traders who created this financial fiasco will be celebrating with champagne while we, the common folk, will be paying even higher taxes.
  Notes
What some might call an appeal to spite others might call an appeal to injustice, so this fallacy can be quite fuzzy.

Case Study One

“Why should we introduce tax incentives for innovation when those who successfully innovate will only flaunt their newly-acquired wealth in front of the rest of us?”


Keep in mind that a fallacious argument does not entail an erroneous position.


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