I have since discovered that similar tactics are used in other arenas, not just taxes. They don't really attempt to discuss the truth or merits of someone's argument, since they've discovered how to control people through emotional manipulation, and plain old bullying.
About three years ago I realized the food I was eating was making me ill, so I cut out gluten. That helped, but I was still having issues. Long story short, I found out that certain food additives were also a problem, and they're in almost every pre-packaged food product. A few months ago I started reading the "Food Babe" blog, since it deals with this topic. I wanted to link a recent article from that blog, since it talks about bullying tactics being used to try to silence the truth about the food industry.
The article is titled: Why Are We Being Attacked? ... Here is the opening paragraph, please visit the site to read the whole thing, and while you're at it, look at the report that's linked, as well.
Recently an activist friend reached out to me in desperation looking for advice, counsel and support. My friend is being attacked, threatened, cyber-bullied and harassed because of her recent critical work in exposing Monsanto’s glyphosate in popular food products that children eat. Unfortunately, I know all too well what’s happening to her because it’s happening to me too. This is why I think it’s absolutely critical for us to stick together and not be afraid to tell the truth. These bullies want to intimidate us into submission. They want us to be too scared to write, investigate and share our findings. So scared, that we quit.