"Chewie" over at Sonoran Alliance has responded to my "Adult Supervision Required" post by setting up a classic strawman--make up an outrageous position, attribute it to your opponent and then knock it down. Usually that's an MSM trick, but anonymous bloggers can use it as well.
Chewie claims that I am "...suggesting that anonymous blogging should be prohibited." and then waxes on about the federalist papers, anonymous sources...yada yada yada.
Obviously I support free speech--including anonymous blogging or comments. In my post, I pointed out that most of the Espresso Pundit comments are anonymous and most of them stay.
However, my support of free speech doesn't mean that I have to provide a forum for your speech. I called anonymous attacks the highest form of cowardice, but that doesn't mean I would advocate that they should be prohibited. However, when someone runs a popular blog, he has a responsibility to set standards on that blog and those standards include protecting individuals from anonymous attacks.
Don't be fooled by the argument that if I don't fund your art, publish your book or host your blog that I have censored you or that I don't support free speech. And don't claim that I am somehow advocating that you should be "prohibited." Typepad accounts run $8 a month. Build your own blog.
Shane has done an excellent job with Sonoran Alliance. The site is popular and well respected because it hosts commentary that--while anonymous--is generally well writen and informative. However, he is going to have to make a choice. He will have to reject commentary from authors like "Chewie" whose analytical skills, writing ability and editorial standards trail those of other SA writers, or he will have to sit back while the SA brand is diluted and the sites' popularity falls.
If Shane opts to no longer provide Chewie a forum, you can bet that Chewie will argue that Shane supports censorship...and where would we be if someone had censored Alexander Hamilton etc. That's the type of analysis that Chewie can use on his or her own blog and I'm sure that both of his readers will marvel at his logic.