I'm entitled to my opinion
or I have a right to my opinion
is a common declaration in rhetoric
that can be made in an attempt to persuade others to hold the opinion. When asserted for this reason, the statement exempifies an informal logical fallacy
of the type red herring
. Whether one has a particular entitlement or right is irrelevant to whether their assertion is true or false. To assert the existence of the right is a failure to assert any justification
for the opinion.
It can sometimes be an instance of the formal fallacy of equivocation when any of the various concepts of 'a right' - legal rights, natural rights or entitlement are confused.
- Whyte, Jamie, ch. 1., 'The Right to Your Opinion', Crimes Against Logic, McGraw-Hill, 2004