Unionist: I appreciate and agree with what you are trying to do here. But a request - let's not couch this in terms of mental illness.
Not only do I fully agree with you, but that was never my intent. And in re-reading my comments, I can imagine how you drew that conclusion. But not only did I not intend that - I never said it. I said he has a problem. And he does. He flies off the handle. And he occasionally realizes and regrets it. But mental illness? I never went there.
I know this is not your intent, but it is unfair to continue to discuss ikosmos in such a personal way when he is not here to defend himself. This used to be a rule here, no? Stop discussing babblers once they are banned?
I understand your point. But I want him back. I don't agree with erasing people. So by not discussing banned babblers, we are precisely accepting and condoning erasure. I'm not ready to do that any more. And he doesn't need to defend himself against me. Because I'm not in any way attacking him. Others? They attacked him non-stop while he was here, and they are continuing. Call it freedom of expression. Or, there are other possible characterizations.
In my view the people who opposed him on the Russia threads displayed no understanding of the basic principles of anti-imperialism, or sympathy for them, much less agreement with them. Complaints about him being rude and insulting are astonishingly hypocritical, given the rudeness of the comments directed to him by others in that thread.
I said it before, and I'll say it again. Those who now celebrate his erasure are uniformly those who opposed him politically. That could be a coincidence. I will leave that puzzle as an exercise for the reader. I don't in the least agree with his effusive apologias for Russian Tsars, past and present. But I don't extend my disagreement into banishment and erasure.
Unionist again: I really appreciate that you and others want to improve the tone here. I don't think that will happen through meta discussion or proposals (but I will participate in them and hope they succeed).
I merely wanted to remind folks of a proposal ex-moderator Michelle Langlois herself made - a trial period of no suspensions or bans (except for obvious trolls). If we can't manage a 3-month trial like that? Then babble should, with all due respect, fuck off and die. In reality, however, we are far stronger and more durable than some believe.
If you do decide to leave, please PM me first and let me know if you post on any other boards.
No way. I'll come back here under untraceable pseudonyms and wreak havoc. You will always hear from me. Here, and everywhere. I'm from the working class. We don't disappear. Ever.