They’re coming after us

Some coalition of hackers has decided to “out” reactionary bloggers so that we can be exposed to ridicule and job loss.  Apparently, being anonymous and insignificant isn’t protection enough anymore.  Behold the vindictiveness of our enemies.

Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves, or are we screwed?

17 Responses

  1. I don’t think you have anything to worry about, Bonald. You aren’t involved in any actual criminal activities. Anyone who is, ought to be detected, exposed, and prosecuted. Mere ridicule, even impediments to career advancement and security, should be borne as a badge of honor by true conservatives.

    BTW, I think the term “Orthosphere” sucks big fat weenies.

  2. You are safe, since your job requires due process for disciplinary proceedings. In the case described at AltRight, a man appears to have been fired for legal behavior (expressing opinions, buying clothing) based on evidence obtained through illegal behavior (stealing proprietary mailing lists). If anything remotely like this ever happens to you, immediately go on the attack, demand to know the identity of the author of the poison pen letter–and use the word libel as often as you can.

    You are also safe because you’re a genteel and scholarly reactionary, not some cracker in a wife-beater who hasn’t figured out how to undo the cap-lock key. It’s an indispensable survival strategy for those of us on the right. We must be more temperate and polite than our opponents, partly because it’s our nature to be respectful, and partly because they will pounce on any slips.

    Of course one way to defang poison pen letters is to have no big secrets. If your boss has gotten used to the idea that you have some unpopular opinions, and yet knows you’re a decent and reasonable fellow, he won’t be so shocked when some hacker writes to say you’re not altogether sound on the partial birth abortion question.

  3. This guy who was fired (by a “conservative” think tank!) wasn’t involved in any criminal activity, and what he said was far, far less controversial than anything Bonald has written, or myself for that matter. JMsmith is right that Bonald gets due process protections that most of the rest of us don’t because he’s a professor, but I don’t see that that would do anything but buy him time. Universities do far more outrageous things than firing to completely innocent people literally all the time.

  4. I sometimes think I ought to delete some of my more inflammatory posts about the military, the population with which I work, just on the off chance something like that happens to me. I have not been overly careful about protecting my identity.

  5. Is there anything we can do to protect ourselves, or are we screwed?

    As others have said, don’t do or advocate anything that is actually illegal. Even in America (even in Canada!), freedom of speech still affords some protection.

    Christians will always be exposed to ridicule. Decide right now – right now – that you are never going to blog anything that you don’t truly believe, and then stand by your convictions. Preferring the praise of God over the praise of men is fairly easy if you really believe what you write.

  6. I think Bonald’s tenure (if he’s received it yet) would be a better protection for him than freedom of speech. For myself, I’ve often considered just shedding anonymity. It would require cleaning some of the more intemperate content from my blog, but I should do that anyway — some posts I’ve written a fit of pique and regret my tone. That which isn’t a secret can’t really be used against you, and I’m impressed by the courage some reactionaries exhibit who write under their true name (Jim Kalb, Bruce Charlton, Alan Roebuck, etc.). Writing under my own name would also give me impetus to be more mindful of my writing in the future.

  7. I think Bonald’s tenure (if he’s received it yet) would be a better protection for him than freedom of speech.

    Agree, and in fact I wrote my comment before I read the article Bonald linked to. I still can’t believe people are fired in America for such things.

    For myself, I’ve often considered just shedding anonymity.

    Me too;

    It would require cleaning some of the more intemperate content from my blog, but I should do that anyway — some posts I’ve written a fit of pique and regret my tone.

    agree;

    That which isn’t a secret can’t really be used against you

    agree;

    and I’m impressed by the courage some reactionaries exhibit who write under their true name (Jim Kalb, Bruce Charlton, Alan Roebuck, etc.).

    agree;

    Writing under my own name would also give me impetus to be more mindful of my writing in the future.

    For what it’s worth, your blog is one of my favourites partly because it comes through that you’re a decent guy who just can’t believe what’s going on today.

  8. Bonald
    You have not mentioned the Institution with which are affiliated and you have not advocated anything illegal. I cannot say what you should do but my personal comfort zone is to dig in my heels and hold my ground when my salvation is at stake.
    There are some tricks that apply in internetland that rarely apply in real life. First, just say that “Bonald” is not a real person but the name of a collective of elite scholars who work together to shake up the excess confidence the modern world has in its very recently hatched ideas. There is enough truth to that. Second, routinely say semi-absurd things that cannot be taken entirely seriously. These together will give you considerable cover if you are ever challenged about your online hobby..
    Think of Will Rogers or the Medieval Court jesters. The thing is, your readers will have no trouble sorting out the wheat from the chaff.

  9. I use my real name to post at my blog, in commenting on other people’s blogs (like here), at a conservative message board I frequent, and most other places. All my controversial views are out in the open. Its easier that way.

  10. Right. James Watson was fired because of all the illegal activities he was engaged in. 🙂

  11. Almost nobody is safe – many/ most victims of PC have been lifelong liberals (e.g. James Watson, Larry Summers – albeit a temporary victim); some recent UK victims have been from privileged ethnic minorities and women (and even ethnic minority women).

    This is why our situation is more like the USSR under Stalin than National Socialism under Hitler – under Stalin, nobody was safe, indeed the closer to Stalin the more dangerous it was.

    This seems to be a characteristic of communism, which is what we have (albeit we are communism in reverse – currently we are at the cynical and corrupt Brezhnev stage and moving backwards towards Stalin).

    If/ when the knock at the door comes – it is worth having some kind of immediate strategy.

    The most important thing is to learn from the likes of Steve Sailer, Mark Steyn and Anne Coulter (conservatives rather than reactionaries) and do not apologize. If you are submissive, fall to the ground and adopt the fetal position, you will be encircled by thugs and kicked to death (metaphorically, at least).

    The second is not to respond, because it fuels the feeding frenzy (which is usually short lived, a few days). Don’t co-operate, don’t provide ammunition, don’t provide confirmation, don’t sign anything. Avoid contact. Go underground. Pray, go to Church, read scripture etc.

    Having been through a couple of minor firestorms – I can state that it is impossible to issue corrections, it is impossible to ‘set the record straight’ – ‘people’ (the media, officials, politicians etc) will lie and invent stuff about you and that you are supposed to have said or believe; and these lies and deceptions will spread virally, and ‘people’ will believe them (because they want to believe them) and there is *nothing* you can do about it.

    It is incredibly stressful to go through this stuff, and it changes everything from then onwards. This is as it should be – we are meant to learn from experience. Make sure you learn the right lessons, however – the Good lessons.

    Recall the Christian martyrs and their sufferings, and thank Heaven if we are at least spared what they went through – and be reassured that even if no person knows the truth about us and everyone seems like an enemy, God knows and remembers all.

  12. On reading that article a little more closely, I don’t see the connection between “NaziLeaks” and the fellow who was fired. He appears to have been busted for comments he made on his (publicly accessible) Facebook. Granted, that’s no reason for anyone (least of all “conservatives”) to fire him, but I think Spencer’s making a spurious connection here.

  13. Unfortunately, I’m still just tenure-track. This is one “Nazi” who hopes he can lay low for another four years.

  14. Hi JMsmith,

    That is good advice for all of us. Actually, my main survival strategy–and perhaps some other anonymous bloggers have been thinking along similar lines–was based on my obscurity and the assumption that although liberals cling tenaciously to power (not a bad thing in itself), they’re not actively malicious. If you’re no threat at all, they won’t bother tracking you down and attacking. I didn’t really care if a few people found out; I just don’t want a google search on my real name to take people here (at least not unless it’s way down the list). I would rather this not be the first thing students and colleagues learn about me. In fact, I would rather that students never learn the political opinions of their professors.

    It seemed reasonable that minor precautions (basically just not writing my name) would suffice for this. That’s why this new “Nazi”-hunting push is so significant: they’re seeking out people without much influence who express themselves moderately to destroy them. If they get good at it, it really would change the stakes for someone considering reactionary blogging.

  15. The End
    UPDATE: Due to yet anther media inquiry by a lefty ‘journalist’ pretending to be middle-of-the-road, let me just be clear that I work for the best employer there is, and this will help me do my job better. I made this decision on my own. And that’s all there is to it. From The Blogprof

    This was the “Blogprof” who ended his blogging due to media scrutiny. Obviously he was not a college prof who was protected by tenure. A very highly renowned man who was a principle of a Catholic school was fired after they learned that he had articles published by American Renaissance. For myself, even if I had three Ph.Ds I would not be hired by anybody due to my political incorrectness.

    They mean to shut down all and any conservative voice. Where have you been. Not only was Pat Buchanan AND Joe Sobran driven out of National Review by the philo-semite Bill Buckley, Pat Buchanan was fired by MSNBC.

    Every hear of “Dynamic Silence”? Look it up. If they don’t get you by dynamic silence, they will drive you out by contacting your employer and have you loose your job.

  16. I think I am safe because I use a pseudonym, I don’t live in America (where the tolerant Left mostly operate to get people fired), and one other recent development – I am retired.

  17. […] article about them linked at Arts and Letters Daily.  We’ve mentioned the group Anonymous before in connection with their declared intent to out all of us thought-criminals.  (By the way, I […]

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