Will May is a great inside-the-system activist, and I’m sad to see him leave Free Keene. I invited him to blog here a long way back and he eventually took me up on the offer. Since then, he’s provided some really great content, despite the fact that unlike the rest of the bloggers here, he supports some level of coercion against peaceful people. Still, I thought it would be good to have someone blogging here who comes from a different perspective, and it was.
Sadly, he’s fallen into the trap that many politics-only activists have in the past. He has identified some activism that he doesn’t like (holding certain government workers accountable) and has decided that the reason he fails at his activism is because of the actions of other people that he can’t control. Since he’s frustrated, as he admits, he has decided to throw up his hands and call it quits from this blog.
Like many people who have decided that someone else is the source of their problems and frustration, he is lashing out verbally on the way out the door. In a revealing thread on the Shire Society forum, he attacks me regarding my activism – in this case specifically regarding my support of Derrick’s recording of a crossing guard at the local middle school. When pressed, as you’ll see in the thread, Will (named Skeptikos on the forum) reveals that he thinks it is okay to record all government bureaucrats except “little old lady crossing guards”. Why just the one exception? He bases his opinion of what is good activism on what others think about it, not what is right and wrong. In the thread he admits that there is nothing immoral about recording little old lady crossing guards, but that he just thinks that it’s “stupid”.
However, aside from personal attacks against me in the forum thread, the most insulting part is how he treats my fellow activists, friends, and bloggers, with his suggestion that this is somehow a “cult of personality”. I realize Will tends to not run in the activism circles I do, but the idea that my activist friends and co-bloggers are somehow worshipful of me is ludicrous and contrary to reality. It’s a low blow, Will, and completely uncalled for. If you really want my friends to ostracize me for some of my activism with which you disagree, why would you insult them?