Internet Anonymity and You

One of our proud ancestors takes off his hat for a picture

One of our proud ancestors takes off his hat for a picture

Anonymity Destroys Social Cohesion

Currently a major barrier toward effective organization of good men is that most good men on the internet are not visible to other good men. The reason they are not visible is because they believe anonymity makes them safe.

Anonymity is Dangerous, Not Openness

Anonymity is dangerous because the public has no idea who you are, and if anything were to happen to you, no one would notice. If you were being chased by someone trying to kill you, should you run into a dark alley all by yourself, or run into a crowded public area where lots of people are there to witness?

Three people I know of who have successfully protected themselves with openness are Jennifer Flowers, Eric Hufschmid and Kay Griggs.

Bill Clinton had already assassinated 13 of his former lovers or victims before Flowers went public. Unlike the others, she went public, and she is still alive today.

Eric Hufschmid talks almost exclusively about very controversial subjects and regularly makes heavy accusations against people who have considerable power. He made a website with his name as the address, he uploaded many pictures of himself, and has even published his home phone along with other details on his website. He is alive and well.

Kay Griggs was the wife of a high-ranking military official who was assassinated. Instead of hiding in fear, she made an eight-hour video interview exposing criminal activities and much of the contents of her husband’s diaries, which the US government have tried hard to find and destroy. Her real name was used and the video has been widely distributed on the internet. Though many people around her have been killed, she is alive and well.

A counter example is Carol A. Valentine, who published many controversial texts questioning the official story of the Waco Massacre, the Columbine Massacre, 911 and many other very hot topics. She also produced a nearly complete online version of the uncensored talmud. Today, no one knows where she is. She could be kidnapped or dead. Friends of mine who knew her have not seen her in several years. Many of us would like to help her, but no one knows what she looks like, where she lives, or any of her personal information.

I don’t have other examples of anonymous people who have disappeared or have been killed – because they were all anonymous! Ponder that one.

Anonymity Destroys Credibility

If I were to speak with a paper bag on my head, people would think that I’m crazy, creepy, and not the least bit credible. But this is exactly what almost everyone is doing on the internet. Posters like Banjo Billy have brilliant ideas, funny books, and worthwhile information to convey. Unfortunately, these ideas don’t travel far which is in no small part because the authors remain anonymous. (The government, jews and local mafia already easily find out who you are and where you live, so what’s the point?)

Anonymity Implies Shame

If I were to say “I’m celibate” while wearing a veil over my entire head, you might think that being celibate is actually a shameful thing. But if I take off the veil and say it proudly, suddenly the same phrase takes on its power. It’s very important if you are chaste and moral that you add your real face to that stance. This isn’t to be vain or proud, but rather to express that being a good person is something worthy of pride.

From Kevin Walsh:

When I was growing up back in the 70s and 80s very few people used the internet or had even heard about it. Self-identification was the norm in public discourse. Newspapers seldom consented to publish anonymous letters to the editor. People who made telephone calls without identifying themselves or who wrote letters without signing their names were considered antisocial. I don’t see why it’s any better to act that way online. Maybe fewer people would articulate recklessly if they didn’t have the illusion of anonymity. [1]

Anons have Chihuahua Syndrome

Did you ever notice that when a chihuahua is free, he’s scared of big dogs. But when a leash is put on and the chihuahua physically can’t get to the bigger dog, he acts fierce. Well the same principle applies to internet communication. If someone is anonymous and feels that the public cannot find out who he is IRL, he suddenly grows “courageous” and is willing to say anything controversial and insult anyone with limitless invective. Anonymity has destroyed civility on the internet.

Openness Proves Your Faith

I personally am a shy person and don’t want Ian Clark written all over the internet, but having this serves God today, because I prove with my body and person the truth of God’s Word. Could I witness to others about the dharma and the Word of God while incognito? What would God think of that?

In 2007 when I had one year of celibacy under my belt, Julian Lee convinced me to go public. When I agreed he was ecstatic and was emphatic that having another man out public would add great credibility to our movement and be a boon to the brotherhood. Year after year, I’ve been figuring out why.

Also from Kevin Walsh:

Remember the three Cs. People who communicate and refuse accurately to identify themselves are:

cowards
con-artists
cops

If you’re a moral man, we hope you consider being out in the open.

Amen and OM

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