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P.S. To the Anonymous Fallacy
"Phil" provides an academic-type defense to the Anonymous
Fallacy. As such, it will not convince the morons who use
this disguised attack of the person, not the argument.
Try adding this to your response:
See, I use an on-line name that is related to my real name,
in that my personal friends could recognize it, but is not
my normal name. If someone says, "Well, you won't use your
REAL name, so I don't have to listen to you, you may respond"
So in summary, if you are going to dismiss all my arguments
because I am anonymous, then you are obviously too stupid
to understand the above reasons; or you are cleverly trying
to get me to reveal myself so you can expose me to the
danger of playing tricks.
- I don't care if you listen to me. My success in real
life is real in my (undisclosed) professional computer
occupation. If you want to have a dialogue with a real
human being, then we can talk; otherwise you can just
get your kicks offending people somewhere else. Do you
want to reach truth? I have my own self-esteem that
does not depend on getting the approval of people I
have no reason to respect.
- Why do I use a pseudonym? Why did Samuel Clements
write as Mark Twain? Who wrote Shakespeare? A pen
name is useful because others in the real world with
evil motives may use an opinion against someone else,
such as with their employer. For example, I once had
a Jewish boss who worshipped the State of Israel even
though (like most Jews here) he can't stand to live
there. I got fired when I once criticized the so-called
religious tolerance he pretended to have. Had I
issued that opinion under an untraceable pseudonym,
I would have had a lot of agreement -- anonymously.
- There are a lot of dangerous lunatics out there. If
you are going to criticize me for not using my real
name, then are you going to provide me with full life
and health insurance to protect me in case some lunatic
decides to make an example of me? Are you going to
pay the $2,000 a year I will need for that insurance?
No, well why not? You want me to stick my neck out
so some lunatic can come along and chop it off? You
must think I am stupid to fall for that trick of yours.
If you don't understand a thing I have been saying, then I
issue a challenge to you: Publish in open forum your phone
number and the name of your phone company, and dare someone
to get it disconnected. Then you will understand why its
wise to be somewhat annonymous!
-- James Madison (an ancestor of mine)
Last modified: 20 Jun 1998
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