Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for another blog entry at this site:
Why throw in the prison story? Everyone thinks you are a bit nutty when you make claims of your importance and getting $500 million. The prison stuff just makes you look like an insane lunatic.
I mention the prison thing because I see it as a critical element of the story at this point in the proceedings.
I believe that, if Greaney had it to do over, he would play it differently. I don’t believe that he would say he agrees with me. But he would look for some less aggressive way to express his disagreement than threatening to kill my wife and children. And Bogle would play things differently if he had to do it over and Lindauer would play things differently and all of you Goons would play things differently.
For a long time I thought that would ultimately prove to be the answer — the Buy-and-Holders would eventually come to conclude that they should take a softer line and then everything would work out fine. Those who had an interest in Valuation-Informed Indexing would be permitted to learn what they wanted to learn and those who preferred Buy-and-Hold would tune out what those interested in Valuation-Informed Indexing were saying amongst themselves.
I stopped believing that that could ever happen when you Goons threatened to destroy Wade Pfau’s career if he continued doing honest research. That’s so far over the line that it is not possible for me even to describe how far over the line it is. When that happened, I was forced to try to think through what possible motivation could account for such behavior.
The only thing that I could come up with is, that since your Campaign of Terror had already caused an economic crisis, you Goons had come to the conclusion that you could never agree to any compromise whatsoever, that things had already gone so far that you would be going to prison if even a single web site ever permitted honest posting and so you might as well just do completely crazy stuff on the “in for a dime, in for a dollar” theory. So there is no longer any possibility of things being worked out in a positive manner.
Only the announcement of prison sentences can end the nasty side of this. When prison sentences are announced, all of the many people who long to do honest work in this field but worry what you Goons will do to their careers if they “cross” you will be freed to help the rest of us out once they hear about your prison sentences. The announcement of prison sentences brings all the ugly side of these discussions to an end and thereby permits all of the wonderful stuff to blossom.
Does all of that not make good sense?