1995-09-18 - Re: Joe Sixpack and his TV

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From: “Perry E. Metzger” <perry@piermont.com>
To: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
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UTC Datetime: 1995-09-18 01:12:24 UTC
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From: "Perry E. Metzger" <perry@piermont.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 95 18:12:24 PDT
To: rah@shipwright.com (Robert Hettinga)
Subject: Re: Joe Sixpack and his TV
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It also captures Tim nicely. I'll point out, though, that exchanges
like that can be handled properly or badly. Doing it right means
answering truthfully but in a way that explains your position rather
than alienating the audiance.

When you have time to answer questions like that (TV isn't a medium
suitable for this) the right way to answer the last one is to do
something like referencing Thoreau. By the way, I like the opening of
Civil Disobediance so much I thought I'd post it.

         I heartily accept the  motto, "That government is  best
    which governs least"; and I should  like to see it acted  up
    to more rapidly and systematically.  Carried out, it finally
    amounts to this, which  also I believe--"That government  is
    best which governs not  at all"; and  when men are  prepared
    for it, that will be the  kind of government which the  will


Robert Hettinga writes:
> >(...It's better exposure
> >than five seconds of Tim with Connie Chung.)
> Connie: "So it's really true that you're an anarchist? That you believe that
>          semi-*automatic weapons* and strong *cryptography* should
>          be *freely* available to *everyone*? and that strong
>          cryptography on a *public* network like the *internet* will
>          bring about the collapse of nation states all over the
>          *world*?"
> Tim:    "Yes."
> Connie: "But, what about *democracy*? What the will of the *people*?"
> Tim:    "What about them?"
> A little more than 5 seconds, but I believe that captures her inflection
> pretty nicely, don't you think?