Monday, March 30, 2009

What I Would Do

In a post titled So…you are staying in the States Part VIII, Wendy McElroy asks the following question,

So…I ask, what would you have done?

based on the following.

So what do you do when you are fairly sure that the ‘radical’ standing beside you is an informant? In 30 years of activism, I have only once been certain that someone had FBI contacts and that’s because I stumbled across her mail while helping her move from one apartment to the next. I admit to following #8’s approach; I warned a select number of people and, then, I shut up. If I had filched the letter and, so, had proof in my hand…well, maybe then I would have been more public. But stealing the letter did not occur to me, which made it her word against mine. I still don’t know if I did the right thing. Or, indeed, whether there is a right thing to do in that situation.

Like Wendy, I would not have stolen the letter, but, I would have confronted the individual with the letter in my hand, and then allowed them to attempt to explain the what and why of the letter.  If the offered explanation was not satisfactory, I would have immediately shunned the individual, and then outed the individual to as many individuals as I could, rather than just a select group.

Now, this may go against the adage of “keeping your friends close, and your enemies closer”, in my opinion the risk of myself or other individuals I associate with being stool piegoned by the individual in question justifies the most direct response to the perfidy of being informed on for being a freedom loving individual.

Posted by John Venlet on 03/30 at 05:50 PM
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