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Re: [chat] Is that the truth hurts?
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- Subject: Re: [chat] Is that the truth hurts?
- From: invisible ink <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2004 09:00:23 +1000
- Reply-by: Tue Jul 20 08:54:28 EST 2004
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> > Sometimes, it is the only way. Certainly not for "ha ha Johnny" sites,
> > but holding a general view that anonymous free speech or pseudonyms are
> > not supportable is possibly a tad naive.
> Having seen lives destroyed by anonymous inuendo, I don't think it's in
> the least naive. If we were living in an authoritarian state, you might
> easily have a point, but despite the best efforts of some, Australia is
> still an acceptably free country.
> We are talking about political opinion, in one of the best democracies
> going around. If you can't put your name to it, you have no right to
> express it. Nothing naive.
Case in point: The (very political) abortion debate in the USA. Pretty good
democracy, not generally regarded as an authoritarian state (despite recent
changes)... some states and cities within the USA are very dangerous places
to be publically "pro choice".
So if it were a choice of having my family shot, my house firebombed, or my
accusations or statements of support made anonymously...
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