posted by Ethan at 6/14/2006 12:18:00 AM
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.
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.
Here, here, anonymous.
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.
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
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.
Love that Lincoln quote - it has been a favorite of mine for a long time...Thanks for that.
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