Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Fear?

I have yet to hear a convincing argument for not allowing anonymous comments or not reading blogs written under a pen name.

8 Comments:

Blogger theorris said...

Considering a lot of political writing from the past was done either anonymously or pseudononymously, it is dificult to justify. A good example of this, of course, are the oft-touted Federalist Papers. Now, of course, one could claim that the politics of now are very different from the politics of post-revolutionary America, but with soem of the skulduggery that appears to have gone on in politics even recently I'm not sure such a claim would hold water.

6/14/2006 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with theorris. With the way the leadership of the State and County Republican parties have responded to any type of criticism makes one very leery of using one's own name. This is a small town. Retaliation is the name of the game. It has almost silenced opposition except for the one's who have nothing to lose. Posting anonymously allows another opinion to see the light of day without fear of personal retribution. That being said those who post anonymously should never use that anonymity to make degrading or disgusting comments about the person only about the opinion.

6/14/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger theorris said...

Here, here, anonymous.

6/14/2006 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous aaron said...

I absolutely agree with the previous posts. No one should have to fear retalliation if they hold to certain political beliefs. Competing ideas and philosophies make the system tick and make solutions broad-based and effective.

6/14/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Personally, I would like people to at least use psudonyms, so as to be idetifiable (so you can track anons. accross the board.

That being said, if someone wants to be anon, let 'em.

-Bob

6/14/2006 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Rob said...

I found this quote:

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
-- Eric Hoffer.



And another:

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

6/14/2006 08:29:00 AM  
Blogger That One Guy said...

Love that Lincoln quote - it has been a favorite of mine for a long time...

Thanks for that.

6/14/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea!!!

I am welcome here!!

6/21/2006 11:42:00 AM  

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