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Blogger Anonymity & Economic Woes


I would posit that the biggest reason for blogger anonymity is actually to prevent reprisal from current and/or potential employers. When you exercise your free speech, it is easy to say something that could be taken out of context later or that a person googling your name might disagree with.

I don’t blog anonymously, which may or may not hurt my future prospects. I believe in rationality and attempt to backup any claims I make, even the snarkiest ones. If a supervisor decides not to hire me because of my fascination with the zombie apocalypse, I don’t know that I would want to work there anyway.

As for what Dennis Kneale is saying, things may be showing signs of improvement in the future. I don’t know that the recession is over just yet, but 18 months is not a bad estimate for improvement to be realized. Markets often have delayed effect, but the global political situation is not helping matters.

Free-market capitalism would probably rebound faster than what we’re seeing right now. Too bad we’re going to have less of that than under Bush:

“I am a firm believer in the power of the free market,” President Obama told the Wall Street Journal recently. The “irony” surrounding his public image as a collectivist, the president insisted, was that “I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government.”

“Free” Markets, indeed.

But in a 2005 commencement address at Illinois’ Knox College, Obama let his guard down, and let loose a leftist stemwinder that would have done Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, proud.

“There is no individual salvation without collective salvation,” Obama proclaimed, making clear that government would stand in for God as our savior.

In that speech, Obama excoriated President George W. Bush’s “Ownership Society” as “Social Darwinism — every man or woman for him or herself;” an oddly venomous take on an umbrella term for increased citizen control over health care and retirement options. The “Ownership Society” was hardly capitalism unbound: it included giveaways like free pills for seniors and down-payment assistance for low-income homebuyers.

Competition creates incentive. Incentive produces ambition. Ambition leads to innovation. Innovation creates a greater standard of living. This is not complicated.

To be certain, it is also not egalitarian: some people will have to lose for others to win.

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