The Argumentum ad Rogerum is a logical fallacy used frequently by Bitcoin Core zealots, bots, charlatans and sock puppets to shift the discussion of Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Core from philosophy, economics and technology to the character of Roger Ver, the founder and owner of Bitcoin.com.
Variants of this are the Argumentum ad Wright and the Argumentum ad Wu, or another similar fallacy I like to refer to simply as “CHINA!” which attempts to shift the discussion one level more beyond individuals to a particular ethnic group.
This argument violates the law that Bitcoin is a trustless system and does not require any individual actor to be trustworthy or moral for it to work.
A trustless system is one that does not depend upon the intentions of its participants, who may be honorable or malicious. The system functions in the same manner regardless of intentions.
My personal suspicion is that it is not really meant to be taken seriously but instead to create digital noise so that accurate information is difficult to hear, but there is also a case to be made that new users do not fully understand the idea of trustless systems and can be more easily swayed to reject Bitcoin Cash on the false claims about Roger Ver’s character, who far from being a crook, is a hero for the work he has done.
Time will tell how effective it is but I expect markets will speak louder than the words of internet trolls.
Here are a few examples. A simple Twitter search will reveal many more:
Roger Ver is a big tax evader and convicted felon!
Full Bcash story
— Dorian Nakamoto (@21Satoshi21) February 20, 2018
You guys still dont get it @rogerkver anger exposed the true name bcash = just a altcoin get to the back of the line and shut your mouths
— MTVCryps (@MTVCryps) February 18, 2018
If you ever feel unsure about buying BTC over BCash, just remember @BTC4USD called out @rogerkver directly on air during @infowars interview that he was a known scammer and Scammin’ Rog didn’t deny it. #crypto #bitcoin #bcrash
— Nick ⚡D (@Solutions_Engi) February 27, 2018
I have spent a good deal of time responding to people who use the Argumentum ad Rogerum and have learned now that is mostly a useless task. They will not see the truth because truth is not their aim.
To borrow a lesson from Dog Whisperer Caesar Milan in South Park:
The child needs to learn that he’s not the most important person in the house. I’m not looking at the child, I’m not acknowledging the child, I’m just letting the child know that I’m not interested in him. See the child thinks your world revolves around him because it does. Because everything he does gets a response from you. Don’t reason with it, don’t argue with it, just dominate it.
We have better work to do than to roll in the mud with them.
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More examples of the Argumentum ad Rogerum:
I heard @rogerkver secretly tells people to buy BCASH so there’s more real BITCOINS for him to buy
— CryptoMAaK [BITCOIN] (@_M215) February 21, 2018
I would bet a testicle he gets paid to shill. He’s a Ver crusader. Derek if you’re not being compensated you should hit up the BCH cartel.
— Sartre (@CryptoSartre) February 18, 2018
How much does an average BCash shill get paid per tweet by Roger? Just asking out of curiousity.
— S M (@Worker) February 18, 2018
“Bitcoin Cash is Bitcoin”. The fact the zealots preach this means, nope, it’s not. Your divisive mission serves only Ver, and those he pays.
— CryptoBard (@BTCBanzai) February 19, 2018
With a face to the coin like roger vere, good luck
— Dave (@DawidBotes) February 19, 2018