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Re: [icann-europe] Mike Roberts, authoritarian

Roberto Gaetano wrote:
> Oh, good, it has been a while since we heard the last insults on this list,
> welcome back, Michael.

Thank you for your cordial welcome. I extend the same to you. As to
insults, the only one is from Mr. Roberts, directed at the users of
the Internet, who, according to Mr. Roberts, don't possess the
intelligence or trustworthiness to be participants in ICANN.

"Elitist", "authoritarian", and "proto-fascist" are not insults,
they are descriptive terms, found in any lexicon or history book.
They describe the type of personality that, like Mr. Roberts',
believes that a debate on what constitutes consensus is a luxury
that should not be "granted" to the public by their rulers (i.e. Mr.
Roberts, George Bush, etc.) at a time of decision-making, but
instead should be made by those who have guns. "Elitist",
"authoritarian", and "proto-fascist" are the appropriate terms for
describing such a person.

It is sad to see that you, who have always professed an egalitarian
spirit, appear to be in agreement with Mr. Roberts' elitist,
authoritarian, proto-fascist ideas. Perhaps you are not, but merely
trying to blend in with what you think is the politically correct
position at the moment. Cowardice is not quite so despicable as
outright collusion with the enemies of democracy, like Mr. Roberts.


> >From: Michael Sondow <msondow@iciiu.org>
> >To: Vittorio Bertola <v.bertola@bertola.eu.org>
> >CC: Mike Roberts <mmr@darwin.ptvy.ca.us>, icann-europe@lists.fitug.de,
> >   forum@atlargestudy.org
> >Subject: [icann-europe] Mike Roberts, authoritarian
> >Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 16:22:59 -0400
> >
> >Vittorio-
> >
> >By his actions in the formative stages of ICANN, Mike Roberts has
> >proved himself to be an elitist authoritarian, which is a nice way
> >of saying that he is a proto-fascist, someone who thinks only his
> >ideas, opinions, and judgments are worthwhile, and that the rest of
> >the human species are inferior to him. ICANN was not formed upon
> >democratic principles, thanks to Mr. Roberts and his henchmen. This
> >most recent demonstration of his elitist authoritarian tendencies is
> >only to be expected. If Mr. Roberts had his way, the Internet would
> >be controlled entirely by him and his friends, and the world
> >likewise.
> >
> >Fortunately, there are still a few sane people around, both in the
> >U.S. and on the Internet, and Mr. Roberts will probably not get his
> >way in the end. But he and his kind are dangerous.
> >
> >M.S.
> >
> > > Vittorio Bertola wrote:
> >
> > > What history has told us is that the worst error you can make in this
> > > situation is to stop believing in your own principles,
> >
> > > Mike Roberts wrote:
> > >
> > > >At the time, going on three weeks ago, I had in mind something like
> > > >US $100 from several thousand individuals who actually were willing
> > > >to put their money where their mouth was about having a functioning
> > > >At Large organization.
> > > >
> > > >Today, that idea is out the window, along with a lot of other
> > > >populist notions about any old terrorist around the globe getting to
> > > >vote on how to run the DNS.
> > > >
> > > >When civilization takes a step backward, as it did last week, it
> > > >usually means a period in which the people with the guns make the
> > > >decisions.  Anyone watching the American President on tv in recent
> > > >days knows that's where we're at.  It may be a while before the
> > > >luxury of debating what constitutes consensus in a terrorist-less
> > > >society returns.
> >
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