Comment 29750

By Narrow Back (anonymous) | Posted March 26, 2009 at 10:32:30

I am sure I have never posted anything very controversial but I use proxies like Tor Park. Today I am using 'anonymouse'. Tomorrow, who knows? This is the future of the web; people submerging into an underworld, if you will.

I have several reasons for doing this. Firstly, we live in a Google world. When I do business with a new account I assume they will Google me, and they often do. For example, a couple of years ago I went to a meeting that would involve serious security concerns. When I sat down to meet the people of this office they knew all about me. In my case, that was fine. However, if they had known about my defense of Free Dominion and my very harsh words about communism I may have been thought of as controversial. It may not have caused real alarm but you never know. Or maybe that I supported Harper in his first run as Prime Minister could raise certain eyebrows. Or maybe I told some off colour joke, and so on.

Next reason, guilt by association. As I like to point out, people do not always 'read' the net, they 'scan' it. I have personally found that with so many discussions and different posters I sometimes confuse who said what or I misunderstand their point. A casual observer who happens to read these exchanges can understandably make the same error, especially if they are in a hurry doing a quick background check. Compounding that would be someone who wants to find some dirt because they prefer another person be awarded a contract. There is and always has been nepotism and back room deals in the business world. If I made a foolish mistake by posting something while I have been drinking (which I have done) should my team suffer the loss of an important contract for that? Should I be denied an opportunity because the client is a Liberal and ‘hates’ Conservatives. I was called a Nazi when I openly supported Mike Harris, and worse. Denying people the right to be anonymous is akin to denying a private vote. If I knew my vote would be made public I simply would not vote. If I have to choose between casting one vote of millions and be smeared with labels like “extreme right wing” or obtaining more business, it’s a no-brainer – being on the street won’t help anyone, least of all me.

Here is another example that I think really gets to what is actually going here. I happen to know a good deal about the history of the ARA in Toronto. The ARA has a very ugly and violent past. I feel it’s important to share that information, but should I jeopardize my safety, or the safety of my family by exposing them? These are people who wear masks in their public activities and are known for hacking computers and spreading black propaganda about their perceived enemies. They are also allies of people like Richard Warman, who gave them the now infamous “maximum disruption” speech.

Until I know who the good guys are and who the real bad guys are, I will remain anonymous and continue to use proxies or I will say nothing out of fear. I think shutting people up is what this about. The anti free speech crowd will likely say “so what, shut your piehole. No one cares what you say". Maybe they are right. I choose to believe otherwise. And they can go F themselves if they don’t like it.

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