[free-sklyarov] A Modest Proposal: the opposing viewpoint

Bob Smart bobds at blorch.org
Wed Aug 1 22:22:48 PDT 2001

On Wednesday 01 August 2001 17:08, you wrote:
> Having by now talked to several people who do not agree with our arguments
> against DoJ/FBI's prosecution of Dmitry, it now occurs to me that we could
> improve our public image substantially by providing people new to our
> cause with full access to the opposing viewpoint. Personally, on several
> prior occasions when I first heard about a political cause on which I was
> ambivalent, the lack of information from the "other side" on all materials
> passed out by activists has irritated me to the point of losing all
> respect for the activist groups and becoming adverse to their cause. 

> Comments/additions?

OK, I'm sold.  I'm collecting resources anyway, so I might as well start 
gathering these as well.

What I'm currently collecting is:

	1. Media and government contact info
	2. "Talking points" for use in speaking and letter-writing
	3. And now, citations for opposing views

I'll pull what I have together within the next day or two and post a site 
where people who feel moved to write a letter can easily track down a 
suitable target.  The "talking points" are suggestions for issues that people 
might want to raise--pick one, or even two or three, work up a paragraph or 
so about each one, and there's your letter.

If you see particularly good turns of phrase or bits of insight, please point 
me at them so we can have a collection of them handy.


What I wrote above is hereby dedicated to the public domain and may be freely 
used, in whole or in part, with or without attribution.

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