cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The Way of the Astroturf V: no nefarious or lobbying connections. Intl. J. Inact., 1:193–194
Dan, commenting at New Matilda, brings up inactivist Tom Harris‘s past employment at the Canadian PR and lobbying firm High Park Group. (The same SourceWatch article later points out indications that Harris was in the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP) even while he was still in HPG.) So, what does Harris do? Answer: ignore ignore ignore :
No one has shown I have any nefarious or lobbying connections, for one simple reason – I DON’T. It would be obviously offensive if I asked you the same question since it would imply that your opinion is for sale. Why will you not extend me the same courtesy?
(Also, even if — even if — he were a lobbyist for vested interests and you can prove that, it’ll be very very wrong to point that out. Because it’ll be an ad hominem, which is Latin for “oh lookie I’m being crucified by evil inquisitors who refuse to discuss only what I want them to discuss oh noes”. Note, however, that comparing people to dictators, like so:
dazza complains: “Sometimes one could wish for godlike powers to silence these people” – yes, this is the wish of most of the dictators in history. Thankfully, our countries still allow dissent from the politically correct wisdom of the gods.
…is not an ad hominem attack.)