Brin on privacy

John K Clark (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 21:30:11 -0800 (PST)


Sent to David Brin and The Extropian List:

It is a well known phenomenon that you challenge somebody's pet ideas all you
want to and anger is seldom produced provided the person having the
brainstorm can strongly defend it. On the other hand, if he can think of no
way to defend his concepts then some people are not grateful for having their
errors corrected but become enraged.

I just received in private E mail a response from Mr. Brin about my recent
post commenting on his "Transparent society". Mr. Brin Informed me that all
of my points were wrong. It would have been nice if he could have, elaborated
a little and explained exactly why I was wrong but Mr. Brin is a busy person,
discussing the issues I raised would have taken time and a man needs to set
priorities. Make sure a personal insult is inserted into every line and then
if you have any time left over, say a word or two about the issues.

There is one thing I said that he especially disliked.

>>David Brin (d.brin)
>>Without accountability, freedom will die.

>Thus I assume you also oppose using a secret ballot in elections.

Mr. Brin told me this was offensive and he was certain it was deliberate,
because of this gross misconduct on my part he was breaking off further
commutation with me. I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to deduce
if this is this author's true reason for not wanting to continue a debate on
the very subject he is currently writing a book on.

John K Clark

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