A Response to Killgore Trout and Other Opponents of Wikileaks

Jeff In Ohio12/13/2010 5:57:50 am PST

re: #12 Barrett Brown

None of my essay was confusing at the venue in which I first published it after having decided that this venue was populated heavily by people who would upvote any criticism of me and then downvote any defense of my position. As I said, there is a reason why certain people do not want to share any civic partnership with the sort of people who have dusted off their sense of outrage over the past few days.

I’m going to be honest with everyone here. The anarchists don’t like you or give a shit about what dishonest or incompetent opinion you’ve come up with based on a cursory glance of the situation. I’m not saying that in a mean way, even though I am, but rather out of duty. Many who are now opposed to Wikileaks were all gung-ho on Iraq, and if you were, then you can probably forgive us for not being concerned over your own little geopolitical assessment. I know I sound like an asshole and/or douchebag for saying all that, and I am, but at any rate that is how you are viewed by a number of people.

Your only an ass because you presume to speak for everyone with anarchist sympathies, and maybe you do for the global collectivists, but there are a great number of local folks who don’t give s shit about the philosophical underpinnings of Wikileaks and Assange and have come to a more settled world view that is able to exist within prevailing social compacts. Your also your an ass because you presume to know the mindset of people you make cursory relationships with on the Internet.

But, frankly, I don’t think your a douche. Douchebags are neither consistent in their outlook or genuine in their voice - two things I wouldn’t accuse you off. You can be a real asshole sometimes, but that’s ok with me.

I’m not sure what you expected when you came to LGF, given it’s history, articles and current commentariat. Certainly any reasoned person could read for a couple of weeks and come to the conclusion you would receive a lot of contrarian views and attacks. I’m a bit surprised you find this both surprising and a reason to NOT post on the topic of the day. You seem to be the kind of guy that likes confrontation and, as a polemicist, I would expect you’d find it way to hone your views and the defense of those views. As an agitator, you’d find an audience for agitating. Why the need to retreat to the circular comfort of sympathy?

Anyway, I enjoy your shit. Both on an intellectual level and on an entertainment level. Keep it up!