Legitimacy was Re: Ross Ulbricht got 2xLife+40 for a Harmless Website

David Barrett dbarrett at expensify.com
Thu Jul 1 09:28:55 PDT 2021

"I'll fight with my life to prevent conflict" -- Said everyone starting
every war, ever.  Mainly I just think we need to tone down the aggression.
Capitalism, democracy, society, it works.  Things are better than they've
ever been in the history of the world, and they are getting better.  Not
perfectly, not equally, but gradually and steadily over the long arc of
history.  I feel like we just need to appreciate what we've got and do the
hard, thankless work of making it better and more inclusive -- and stop
exaggerating the scale of the problems we face.  We don't need revolution,
we need evolution.  It's slow, boring, and wonky.  It requires patience and
cooperation.  And it requires respecting the institutions we've carefully
built over centuries, and investing in making them better.


On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 12:17 AM Karl <gmkarl at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 30, 2021, 7:45 PM David Barrett <dbarrett at expensify.com>
> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 11:48 AM Karl <gmkarl at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > > his nazi 'laws' have any legitimacy at all?
>>>> >
>>>> > I'll try to answer a guess as to what you mean if you can stop giving
>>>> me a
>>>> > worse game to play.  Everything has some degree of legitimacy.
>>>>         That's  wrong. Criminals like barrett have no legitimacy. And
>>>> neither has your
>> Comments like this reinforce the need to respect and defend the actual
>> institutions we have, as imperfect as they are.  He's accused me, without
>> evidence -- or even any statement of what supposed law I broke -- of being
>> a criminal.  We all need to push back on this kind of anti-democratic,
>> anti-justice language whenever we see it.  It's fine to disagree; it's fine
>> to call the cops on me for whatever you think it is I've done.  But to
>> basically assert judgement without any investigation or process is to
>> demonstrate a complete disinterest in justice itself.  There's too much of
>> that going on; silent people need to push back on this corrosive tactic.
>> -david
> I'll fight with my life to prevent conflict and end blaming of others, if
> I can figure out how.  Where are you at?
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