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An argumentum ad crumenam argument, also known as an argument to the purse, is a logical fallacy of concluding that a statement is correct because the speaker is rich (or that a statement is incorrect because the speaker is poor).

The opposite is the argumentum ad lazarum.


If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?
This new law is a good idea. Most of the people against it are riff-raff who make less than $20,000 a year.
Bill Gates is the richest man in the world. Therefore, he must be the smartest man in the world.

From Tristram Shandy [1]: "Then, added my father, making use of the argument Ad Crumenam, - I will lay twenty guineas to a single crown-piece, (which will serve to give away to Obadiah when he gets back) that this same Stevinus was some engineer or other,- or has wrote something or other, either directly or indirectly, upon the science of fortification"


  1. ^ Laurence Sterne. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Everyman's library: New York, 1991.


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