One of the four people I have banned here was rightly shrill and angry, as the very post on which he attempted a comment (after only reading the last paragraph, his normal practice) was one in which I criticized Don Pogreba for his practice of banning people who are critical of him.
I do have justification, however. The people I have banned have nothing new to add, do not read posts (or books), and are deep in darkness. I saw this
unattributed snippet [quote from French humorist Phillipe Geluck] on Facebook yesterday, and thought it appropriate to the situation here:
Banning them is not censorship so much as fatigue. They live in darkness and will never see any light. By definition, they cannot move forward in their thinking, because they cannot think.
Pogreba, on the other hand, bans for a different reason – he (and his stooges Talbot and Augustad) are hardly beacons on intelligence, but that is a side issue. They are caught up in groupthink. The characteristics of Pogreba’s groupthink environment are
- He wants an environment of harmony and conformity;
- He does not want his judgment (or quality thereof) questioned;
- He does not want his blog to be a forum for critical evaluation of differing views;
- And so isolates himself from outside influences.
That is quite different from merely removing some stupidity from the comment section. Pogreba is involved in serious censorship as a matter of self-preservation. He cannot survive in a free give-and-take environment.
Those not part of the Fantastic Four, on the other hand, are free to have at me, attacking not only my arguments, but bringing in their own views and sources too. They are also free to criticize my looks, demeanor and intelligence. I only ask that they be thoughtful and clever about it.
There! Seven enemies. I treasure them all in that role, do not want them in any other.
I rest my case.