Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to another blog entry at this site:
I think it comes down to something as simple as this. You have stated what you think are problems. People have responded as to how they disagree. You, in turn have responded how you think people are wrong to have disagreed with you. People continued to respond in disagreement. The cycle continued on for some time. Many people grew tired of the cycle and went away. Others eventually got angry because of repetitive comments going in circles. Others decided enough was enough and had you banned.
Your jury will see the posts of the thousands who expressed a desire that honest posting be permitted.
Your jury will see the published rules of all the sites where you violated the published rules thousands of times.
Your jury will see the death threats.
Your jury will see the demands for unjustified board bannings.
Your jury will see the tens of thousands of acts of defamation.
Your jury will see the hundreds of posts in which Wade Pfau showed his growing excitement over Valuation-Informed Indexing as he did more research and learned more about it.
Your jury will see the peer-reviewed research that I co-authored with Wade, research that can fairly be described as the most important research published in this field in the past three decades.
Your jury will see the posts in which Wade expressed his growing fear that you Goons were going to destroy his career and the lack of reaction by Jack Bogle when I asked for his help.
Your jury members will have lost most of their life savings in the crash.
Your jury members will be chosen from a society of people on its way or already in the Second Great Depression, a Great Depression that could have been avoided had you honored your promise to follow the site rules at the boards and blogs at which you posted.
Your jury will be hearing testimony from people like Robert Shiller and Rob Arnott and Michael Kitces, who will be backing me up by reporting on the many acts of intimidation directed at them over the years.
Your jury will see that I was so sure of what the peer-reviewed research says that I contacted 30,000 academic researchers, knowing that none of them would be able to identify any flaws in the Valuation-Informed Indexing concept.
Your jury will hearing from the professor at George Washington University who offered effusive praise for the VII concept and said that he would be in the future teaching it in his classroom and giving me credit for the concept.
Your jury will be bearing from the professor at Columbia University who said that VII follows from Shiller’s research and that he could see how it might work out very well indeed.
Your jury will be seeing the analysis done by Schenkler (a Goon!), who said that VII looked rock-solid and important.
Your jury will be hearing from the posters at the Bogleheads Forum who said that my work challenges basic premises of Buy-and-Hold in a very serious and exciting way.
Your jury will be hearing the threats you directed to Wade Pfau that I don’t even know about yet, the ones that were made in secret.
Your jury will be looking at any e-mails that Wade sent to friends at the time he was thinking of flipping to the dark side because of the threats you made to destroy his career.
Your jury will be looking at the comments made by hundreds of posters at the Diehards Forum when you Goons became so afraid of losing control of that board as a result of your use of insanely abusive tactics that you moved the entire board community to a place where it could be controlled by Goons.
Your jury will be looking at e-mails transmitted among the lawyers at Morningstar.com at the time when you Goons were demanding that I be banned and they couldn’t find a single abusive post in my file while finding thousands and thousands put forward by you Goons.
Your jury will be looking at any e-mails sent by Mel Lindauer and other Goons to Jack Bogle and any e-mails that Bogle sent back.
Your jury will be looking at my e-mail exchanges with Mike Piper in which he said that he would like to permit honest posting but was too afraid of what his readers would do if they learned how big the difference was between the Buy-and-Hold strategy that he endorsed and what the last 34 years of peer-reviewed researc tells us.
Your jury will be looking at how you followed me from site to site, threatening to destroy any board community that permitted honest posting on the safe withdrawal rate issue.
Your jury will be looking at how you burned numerous board communities to the ground because they permitted honest posting for a time.
Your jury will be looking at how the owner of the NoFeeBoards.com site pleaded with his long-time friend Ataloss not to burn his site to the ground and at how Ataloss refused to listen to those pleas.
Your jury will be looking at how John Walter Russell was universally recognized as the best numbers guy at any of our boards by all non-Goons and at how you Goons were so consumed with hate for him once he posted honestly re the SWR issue that you laughed at him on the day he died an early death.
Your jury will be looking at the e-mails that I exchanged with John Greaney in the days before I put forward my famous post of May 13, 2002, in which I asked him to co-author a book with me and he told me that was a bad idea because everyone who ever got to know him well concluded that he was the biggest asshole who ever walked Planet Earth.
And on and on and on and on and on and on.
Good luck with getting a short prison sentence with all that and more being told to your jury, Anonymous.
I think I will stick with my decision to avoid crossing The Felony Line now and forever.