Re: Transparent Society

Eric Watt Forste (
Thu, 06 Nov 1997 12:33:35 -0800

Lee Daniel Crocker writes:
> I do try to correct impressions when I can, but if someone is
> content to think I'm an idiot or a jerk based on eir impressions,
> and doesn't want to hear me argue otherwise, that's eir right,
> and I just have to live with it.

That's fine unless the people with the incorrect impressions are
a judge and a prosecutor who have way more control over the selection
and information of their jury than such people would have had in
the US a hundred years ago or so. Nowadays, not exercising control
over the impressions such people (judges and prosecutors) form of
you can result in your being imprisoned unjustly (or as we say in
more ordinary circumstances, surrealistically kidnapped to no
apparent end). About 400,000 cannabis users in the United States
who currently reside in our charming and expensive Federal prison
system can attest to this, for instance.

Rhetoric may fix this sooner or later, but in the meantime, I'd
feel safer knowing that I have mathematics protecting
information about myself, and don't need to rely merely on a
Constitution and Bill of Rights that is far too often completely
ignored by the local mafiosi, er, I mean, government.