If you don't have the courage of openly standing behind your opinions, then maybe they aren't worth listening to.
You've just demonstrated ad hominem. You're paying attention to who says something, not what has been said. Most people consider that a vice, not a virtue. More people, I dare say, value the ideas over the identity, and the more the better
People who don't have the courage to stand up for what they profess to believe are hypocrites. It shows that, deep down, they really don't believe what they claim to. So yes, it's an attack on them - but their actions make it entirely justifiable, because they're hypocrites, duh.
Does the name "Thomas Paine" ring a bell? Obviously someone whose ideas are not worth listening to, because:he published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonable content.
Paine was the same guy who said "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.", "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace", "The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection", "It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe", "Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul", etc.
Bold words, but his actions in remaining anonymous betray his feet of clay. In his own words, he made a whore of his soul. That he was able to redeem it later is a good thing, but it doesn't detract from the point.
Perhaps others are more aware that staying alive to write another day is more valuable in the long run than becoming an immediate, little known and unheard martyr for a cause?
The excuse of cowards everywhere to not stand up and be counted. It's an ugly fact, but it's still a fact.
Like those who would stand up against an, e.g., Islamic government and say "you really ought not treat women that way." Perhaps you think that "Deep Throat" had nothing of value to say, either.
If islamist had opposed this stupidity over the centuries they wouldn't be in that predicament, would they? But no, the majority of the patriarchy reveled in lording it over women and minorities, same as religious bigots throughout time. That their ancestors didn't stand up to it kind of makes my point ... not standing up just encourages stupidity, bigotry, racism, etc.
Also, we wouldn't have had to endure years of Watergate if "deep throat" had come out publicly immediately. Ever thought of that? But no, his job, his job, his goobermint pension, his job!!!
I've been the target of a fair amount of hate and discrimination, but you don't see me backing down. Or hiding behind a nym.
Yeah, thank God that /. vets the identities of people who post under other than "Anonymous Coward" names, so we know that you are the one, true Barbara Hudson (I'm sorry, BarbaraHudson) on the planet and that is your true, real meatspace name.
I've been on TV and in the news often enough that it's easy to verify that I am me. But if you have ANY doubts, send a stamped, pre-addressed envelope to me:
Ms. Barbara Hudson,
1312 Hymen, #301,
I'll send you a current pic and you can search the news articles to verify it is indeed me :-)
There's nothing YOU fear, maybe, but it's arrogance to project that lack of concern over your own safety onto others and tell them how they should behave. Or to defend things like "loser edits" because you have no fear and forcing other people into the open will only prove you are right.
Where did I defend loser edits? On the contrary, I'm giving a way to avoid them - be open and you take away the power of people to embarrass you.
Also, you're being hypocritical in saying that I have no right to tell others how they should behave, when you're in the same sentence telling me how to behave. Troll much?
Pointing out that people's behavior encourages the very things they fear is a valid concern. We as a society need to encourage our citizens to "grow a pair" (I know, not exactly the best way of phrasing it considering my situation :-) instead of always playing the victim. Face our fears instead of trying to hide them. Or, to put it simply, "Grow up!"
It will never happen, because people are sheeple, but at least we can continue to try to reduce the amount of sheeple-ness in our society.