Emilio Largo: Stop it you fools! He’s got you shooting at each other – James Bond Thunderball
A long time ago, in the midst of another heated debates, that had it origins in the doctrine of political correctness, I suggested that:
What unite us is far greater than what divides us.
I think that might we worth remembering. Although we may not always agree, we are united in in opposition to:
– citizenship-based taxation;
– certain unfair elements of the Internal Revenue Code (for example PFICs);
– Mr. FBAR; and
and what these things collectively represent.
Furthermore, we are united in our opposition to the U.S. government. Now, some of us are busy “shooting at each other“. About what? Some people don’t like the nature of some of the posts, some of the rhetoric, etc. And somehow or other, that becomes a reason to leave. I have been watching the comment thread on the “I’m a moderate post” with the expectation that sooner or later somebody will articulate exactly what they find objectionable (the closest we have come is the Hitler video) and why. Those opposing specific posts and specific language never articulate:
1. What exactly they find objectionable.
2. Why they find it objectionable.
3. Why in the context of the broader issues, their finding specific posts or language objectionable, matters in the scheme of things.
Now, we are at the point where Petros (I assuming and hope he is not serious) is offering to step down as moderator. This is ridiculous. Leaving aside his other competencies, he appears to be willing preserve an environment of free speech and the free expression of ideas. The price we pay for freedom and innovation is that there will be ideas expressed and words used that some of us will find offensive. Once again, I am having trouble seeing how all of this matters.
A couple of days I offered a specific post to congratulate the Isaac Brock Society for reaching the 1000 post mark. I believe that the Isaac Brock Society (with the help of others) has created a critical mass of logic, reason, writing, support and awareness to eventually play a role in making a difference. But making a difference requires continued vigilance and support from contributors, commentators and readers. If you believe in the basic cause which is largely educational, then the worst thing that you can do is pack up your bags and leave. What then was the point? Worse, why pack up your bags without answering the three questions above?
On a personal level, there have been a number of times that I have been angered and offended by various comments on this board. But, so what? In life you will NEVER learn from people who agree with you. An enhancement of perspective is possible (I believe only if you are willing to allow your views to be tested by those who don’t agree with you and are willing to explain their position).
One final thought. I have thought about the comparison between the U.S. government and various rogue nations throughout history. It is worth remembering that the conditions for the final atrocities evolved slowly. The U.S. government is invading the sovereignty of other nations in various ways. This needs to be recognized by both governments and its citizens. Those citizens and governments can choose to respond as they see fit.