1996-11-30 - Re: KUDOS to Kathleen: [Re: Dorthy Denning is a boot-licking fasicist!!!]

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From: Tim Scanlon <tfs@adsl-122.cais.com>
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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Message ID: <9611300437.AA05806@adsl-122.cais.com>
Reply To: <199611282127.OAA10714@infowest.com>
UTC Datetime: 1996-11-30 04:37:33 UTC
Raw Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 20:37:33 -0800 (PST)

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From: Tim Scanlon <tfs@adsl-122.cais.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 20:37:33 -0800 (PST)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: Re: KUDOS to Kathleen: [Re: Dorthy Denning is a boot-licking fasicist!!!]
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attila@primenet.com wrote:
>         good, solid statement of purpose which too few of us practice. 
>     it is general human nature to be protective (usually in a jealous 
>     sense) of our nurtured opinions. However, that is not an excuse to 
>     be abusive of another.  

Unfortunatly the "too few of us practice" line could have read
'too few of us on cypherpunks practice'. Crypto has really been
suffused by noise on this list badly. One of the reasons I origionaly
signed on this list was that it was a really happening place for
crypto & cypherpunk-ish "values" (as it were), and other venues were
just "too noisey". I recently, out of dispair, checked some of the
'other' venues, and found them to have 90% more crypto related stuff.
It's rather sad, too much freak ranting & political bs, and too
little crypto. 

>         It is one thing to be vituperatively demonstrative, another to 
>     criticize anothers view point by epithetical allegorations, and 
>     another, with careful consideration, to disagree with _civilized_
>     clinically definable examples which delineate your viewport.
When it comes to the Dennings, (I speak of Mr. & Mrs., they are fairly
blissfully married.) they are two people who are some of the MOST 
flameproof that I have ever seen. Rank insults are NOT going to get
anyone anywhere with them, except to possibly increase their sense
of persecution. Peter Denning is not a very popular guy with everyone
where he works to say the least, and has suffered some absolutly withering
attacks for HIS politics at George Mason university, to a degree that
makes even the most intense crap I've seen tossed around Cypherpunks look
contemptibly childish.

In a nutshell, all this anti-denning ranting on here is bush league,
amateur hour, kiddie stuff compared to what they've gotten elsewhere
for different reasons. (Well marginaly, they're facists, and that
is pretty much a shared theme with their politics in multiple arenas)

If you're one of the people who's written with that slant on this
thread and is going "but"... Trust me, you're both unimpressive and
non-competative on the insult-the-dennings front. As an example,
Peter had his face pasted over that of Hitler's in a poster that was
widely circulated on the GMU campus (that imfamous shot of Hitler
& Mussolini arm in arm, with Mr. M. being another prof.) by anonymous
types who were seeking (I guess <rolls his eyes>) to piss him
off in reply to some of his more extreme academic political positions.

If you want to accomplish something, I'd reccomend developing 
REAL-WORLD arguments to their facisim, and working on making THOSE
withering, rather than wasting time with _talentless_ insults.
Yes the Dennings are scary folks who would be right at home in
1941 Germany, but no, insults arn't going to even break wind in
their direction... You need to do _far_ better.

(with apoligies to attila, who all this was NOT directed at)
Tim Scanlon