Set forth below is the text of an e-mail that I sent to the www.HillBuzz.com web site on January 18, 2010.
My name is Rob Bennett. I write the “A Rich Life” blog (http://arichlife.passionsaving.com).
I think it is great that you are sufficiently open-minded to support both Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. We need more of that freethinking spirit!
I was impressed by your article entitled “Liberals’ Troll Attacks and Harassment Have Reached New Heights Over the Scott Brown Race.”
I have a story to tell about the use of similar tactics being used to keep middle-class Americans from learning the realities of stock investing. I would like to obtain publicity for this story. If you have any interest, I hope you will contact me with questions or to learn more.
The dominant model used today to explain how stock investing works is the Buy-and-Hold Investing Model. This model is supported by academic research that was done in the 1960s and 1970s. But few know that the academic research has been showing for 30 YEARS NOW that Buy-and-Hold always leads to huge losses for those who follow it for the long term and to economic crises for the entire society that tolerates widespread promotion of it. There is not one exception in the historical record.
The problem is that The Stock Selling Industry makes hundreds of millions promoting Buy-and-Hold. Even those personally inclined to tell investors the straight story worry that they will lose their employment if they spill the beans. I believe that we should be using the internet to share with each other the realities and thereby to get our economy out of the crisis it is in today.
But the harassment tactics that you describe in your article have been employed for eight years now to block thousands of members of the Retire Early and Indexing discussion-board communities from being able to use the internet to learn the stock investing realities that The Stock Selling Industry does not want us to be able to talk about.
Here is a link to an article that explains why the reckless promotion of Buy-and-Hold is the true cause of the economic crisis:
Here is an article providing links to 20 articles in which leading figures in the field acknowledge that Buy-and-Hold has long been discredited:
Here is an article providing snippets of comments made by 101 of my fellow community members that express a desire that honest posting on these topics be permitted on our boards and blogs:
Here is an article setting forth the text of an e-mail that I sent to my congressman Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) seeking his help in enacting legislation to deal with this matter:
Thanks for listening. And good luck with all your future endeavors!