Anonymity and Freedom, Another Question

What might the outcome have been had these people chosen anonymity and submitted this document unsigned?


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Comment by alsoknownas on September 6, 2018 at 4:09pm

Good point.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on September 6, 2018 at 4:18pm

First of all,  those "guys" are factually anonymous to 95% of Americans.  Even if you read them their names they would only know a few.

Secondly, what amazes me is that most of the same people that want to burn Snowden, Manning and Assuage at the stake for public disclosure of even less damaging things that were embarrassing to a Democratic administration are perfectly okay with the "person" who wrote the op-ed staying anonymous because it harms a Republican administration.  Makes a person want to yell, "Insanely partisan, much?".

Comment by koshersalaami on September 6, 2018 at 4:36pm

Snowden, Manning, and Assange are not equivalent to each other. Presenting Obama and Trump as equivalent shows an almost nonexistent understanding of the Presidency.

As I said elsewhere today: If Deep Throat had resigned, Nixon would have served out his second term. That’s a much closer parallel than the Declaration. 

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on September 6, 2018 at 4:52pm

Nice red herring you tossed out there, KB.  Planning on serving it for dinner after it stops flip flopping?

Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 5:08pm

None of what was written in the Washington Post was attributed to Deep Throat contemporaneously. He was an anonymous source not an anonymous author...Huge difference transactiinally and functionally.

Re the Declaration and this recent anonymoust NYT OP-ED:

It's not about the documents per se regarding a parallel or equivalency...It's about courage of conviction and 'owning it'.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 6, 2018 at 6:41pm

Amy; "First of all,  those "guys" are factually anonymous to 95% of Americans.  Even if you read them their names they would only know a few."

"Those guys", as you call them, were not unknown to the Americans of their day,  and many we're known to King George III...

Again it was about courage of conviction and "owning it" as you might say..

Comment by koshersalaami on September 8, 2018 at 8:02am
Comment by moki ikom on September 8, 2018 at 11:39am

Perhaps a unanimously anonymous document could not have been used to support a unified colonial revolt against British rule and the colonies would not have become independent, in which case, all else remaining the same, slavery in Britain's American colonies would have been legally abolished thirty years prior to its being abolished in what had become the United States of America: Slavery Abolition Act 1833.

Comment by Ron Powell on September 9, 2018 at 7:41am

@Moki; Good point....

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