Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for another blog entry at this site:
Clearly your responsibility to the world (as you see it) is equal or higher priority than your family responsibility. This is a point of view that we ordinary family guys just cannot grasp. If people in Syria are suffering, that’s a shame. But I can’t help them and it doesn’t directly affect me. If my wife is suffering (for an hour, let alone 15 years) that is my immediate top priority.
Could you try to explain your position in terms that we simpletons can understand?
I’ll offer a somewhat briefer response coming at it from a somewhat different angle.
My mother grew up in the Great Depression, brought on by an earlier try at seeing whether doing the opposite of what the peer-reviewed research (which wasn’t available at the time) teaches us we should do. She had to leave school when she was in eighth grade so that she could work in a factory to put food on the family table. My mother loved school. That hurt her a great deal. She talked about that pain until the day she died.
Does that matter? Do the experiences of the millions of children who will have to be taken out of school in the Buy-and-Hold Crisis matter? What can of world will my wife be living in following the next price crash if it causes a Second Great Depression greater than the first one (the P/E10 level went much higher this time around). What sort of world will my boys and my grandchildren be living in if we do not find some way to provide access to accurate and honest reports on what the last 35 years of peer-reviewed research says to millions of people? What if our political system collapses as a result of this massive act of financial fraud? Does that change the calculus at all?
I don’t feel comfortable posting dishonestly about these matters. That’s the bottom line. I could write a book going through all the reasons why. The bottom line is that it feels wrong because it IS wrong. There is no justification for a ban on honest posting re a matter so important to so many. None whatsoever. Someone had to step up to the plate. I was elected. So I have given it my best shot.
I care about my wife. And I also care about my mother. And about my boys. And about my unborn grandkids. And about the millions of other wives and mothers and kids and grandkids. I care about all of it. The same force inside me that makes me care about my wife makes me care about all the others too. I wouldn’t want to have to walk past a burning building with kids inside it because I was too afraid that if I ran in to help I might get hurt and not be able to earn as much for my wife. There are things that you cannot do and the still be able to live with yourself afterwards. This is one of those things.