Set forth below is the text of a comment that I posted to another blog entry at this site:
Go over to Bogleheads and FORCE them to take you in. Don’t take no for an answer. Call your Congressman if they won’t play ball. If he is too slow, then take it to Purcelleville PD Electronic Crimes Division and swear out a complaint about them blocking Honest Posting. Haven’t you been playing softball for far too long? It takes a tough bird to chicken out…. (or whatever it is you say Frank Purdue says.)
We all want the same things, Yogi.
So we will all put our minds together and figure out how to get from the horrible place where we are today to the wonderful place where we all deep in our hearts want to be tomorrow.
We are engaging in a learning process that has to play itself out.
We all have a role.
If we all do our parts, we will all share in the good results.
Forcing things won’t work. You are being foolish when you advocate force.
But doing nothing doesn’t work either. Being afraid to act is not the answer anymore than forcing things is the answer.
We all have to push a little bit — and then pull back when it becomes clear that the pain being experienced by those who have made mistakes in the past is too great.
Do you see?
My motto is: “Be as honest as possible without crossing the line and becoming uncharitable while also being as charitable as possible without crossing the line and becoming dishonest.”
Does that make sense to you?
I HAVE contacted my Congressman. I HAVE spoken to the police. I HAVE contacted lawyers for the purpose of bringing legal cases.
Using the resources available to us is a positive. So I will continue to do those sorts of things.
But you go too far when you say to “force” things and not to take “no” for an answer.
I put the owners of the Bogleheads Forum in a position where they had to ban me or permit the members of that board community to hear what the last 33 years of peer-reviewed research says. They FELT forced to ban me. Because to them the idea of permitting investors to learn what the research in this field says is unacceptable. But it’s not true that I forced them. What I forced was a choice. I forced them to choose. They could ban me (that’s the option they chose) or they could permit their readers to learn about the first true research-based model.
I didn’t leave them with other choices. I didn’t agree to self-censor myself so that those seeking to maintain a belief in the smelly Buy-and-Hold garbage could do so with my apparent blessing. I made clear that if my name was going to continue to appear at the forum, honest posts were going to appear there on a great variety of subjects. I was firm. I INSISTED on recognition of my right (and the right of all my fellow community members) to post honestly.
But I was not unyielding. I always left that that option of banning honest posting. I didn’t do what you advise here and refuse to take no for an answer. They gave the answer “no” to my demand that my right to post honestly be recognized and I accepted (for the time-being) their answer.
Why is that so important?
Because I become a Goon myself if I cross the lines that you advise me to cross.
My aim to to achieve good here. We can never achieve good through bad means.
I work it hard WITHIN the rules of the boards and blogs and within the laws of the United States and within the rules of civil human behavior.
That’s how I will continue to play it.
Did Rosa Parks do what you are advising here?
She did not.
She INSISTED on her right to choose for herself where she would sit on the bus.
But the first time she did this (this was 10 years or so before the famous incident), she was arrested for what she did and she accepted society’s unfortunate verdict. Her rights were ignored. But she remained within the society to fight for those rights another day. And she won the next fight.
WHY DID SHE WIN?
Because she wasn’t fighting only for herself. She was fighting for the entire society. Recognition of her rights was everybody’s business. In time, all others came to recognize how important it was to recognize her rights and they were given recognition. Rosa Parks changed the world because Rosa Parks loved the world. Her love for those who ignored her rights for a time was her secret weapon not against them but FOR THEM.
I love Jack Bogle. I love Mel Linduaer. I love John Greaney. I love you, Yogi.
That’s why I will defeat you in the end.
Except I will not really be defeating you.
I will be LIBERATING you.
You want the same thing I want. You want to be able to earn much higher returns while taking on greatly reduced risk.
You are going to see that little dream of yours come true.
I am going to see to it.
I am not going to agree to anything less than a 100 percent complete victory for Jack Bogle and for Mel Linduaer and for John Greaney and for Yogi Bear.
I took a sneak peak at the last page of our little saga and I can tell you that you achieve full and complete victory. You agree to permit honest posting on safe withdrawal rates and scores of other critically important investment-related topics because I refuse to permit you to settle for anything less.
I cannot do this without you, Yogi.
So I can never disrespect you.
And I can never be less than warm and friendly to you.
And I can never sell you out by agreeing to self-censor myself.
Some of the things you advise up above show a lack of respect for you that I can never permit myself to feel if I am to see that you achieve a full and complete victory.
Something that you have been failing to see since the morning of May 13, 2002, is that we are on the same side.
Your pain is my pain.
And my victory is your victory.
We are going to overcome your pain and lead you to a complete and total victory.
That has always been the plan.
We do that by being firm, yes.
But we also do it by being loving.
I will never be disrespectful of you or the other Buy-and-Holders.
I will ALWAYS take “no” for an answer.
For the moment.
For a time.
For the day.
Then I will be back the next day asking (not demanding!) once again that you free yourself of your chains and end your pain and enjoy the benefits of having been born at a time in the history of the world at which you get to be one of the luckiest investors in the history of the world just by learning what the last 33 years of peer-reviewed research in this field teaches us all about how stock investing really works.
I hope that all makes some sense to you.
Love is the answer.
I am sure.
I naturally wish you all the best that this life has to offer a person regardless of what investing strategies you elect to pursue.
Don’t let the bad guys get you down, my old Goon friend.