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I’m breaking the rule about posting while I have an article in the top 23, but the situation is such that it seems necessary. Guys and gals, WB has a storm raging in its tea cup and we’ve got to calm the waters before we’re forced to go to places where we are censored worse than the often unnecessary insults which fly around here. So, after tendering my apology for breaking the rule, I’d like you and Autumn to read my plea…



Hans Frank, Hitler’s former legal expert, once said or wrote (presumably after being captured) “The power and the certainty of being able to use force without any resistance are the sweetest and most noxious poison that can be introduced into any government”.

True though his words are, they overlook something very important, that is a government is a small section of the population which came together to claim monopoly on political power and the ability to use force, at first for the benefit of The People, then through expansion and evolution over many generations, to use that power and monopoly on force against those whom it once served.



This happens for two reasons- first, the government’s original raison d’etre changes from serving society to being served by society; second, James R. Holmes’s assertion in an article titled “How Machiavelli explains Chuck Hagel’s resignation” in the Diplomat Magazine of 26 November 2014, “We flatter ourselves about speaking truth to power, but power often resents having truth spoken to it- and may install yes-men in place of truth tellers” becomes the sad truth of the reality in which we live.



This fact is seen in every form of government mankind has ever tried, from monarchy to theocracy, socialism and democracy, and also in every form of business, in which those at the top were so obsessed with control that they became intolerable micro-managers and/or driven by pathological insecurity that they became tyrants of everything ranging from the corporate world to the mom and pop corner shop.



The results are always the same. At first, those who can, leave, often (though not always) using false pretexts because they wish to avoid any further confrontations or abuse. Those who stay behind try to adapt, either by adopting the characteristics of the dominant force and thus becoming tyrants and bullies themselves, or by playing a submissive role and allowing those at the top to claim all the power and control they crave in exchange for being protected from the worst of the abuses.



Sadly, this latter course is doomed to failure because those who give up their freedom for security end up without one or the other and deserving of neither, to paraphrase Benjamin Franklin. The consequences for oppressive systems is that they foster inefficiency and corruption to the point at which not even the threat of violence can coax the system and people in it to perform to levels that deliver usable results. The end always comes politically and socioeconomically, and it’s always with tears and fears, not to mention bullets flying into bodies on cold and grey Christmas mornings.



Depending on the situation, freedom might result. Then again, it might not, and instead the country may soon find itself governed by the same sort of people, only under a different name- yet the consequences will be the same later, unless...

Well, unless things change. Power needs to welcome having truth spoken to it, people need to educate themselves more about the political and bureaucratic issues their country and government face, then either run for office themselves, or elect leaders who are suitable for the purpose of driving that change and to bring back the government to its ancient role of providing services instead of being served.



However, if things don’t change and instead hurtle on the same trajectory, then we can all be sure Hades will be beckoning with open arms and glee in its red eyes much like it has been doing for thousands of years. Okay, so what lies on what Chris Rea once famously called the Road to Hell? Misery. Pure misery for those who participate because they are forced by circumstance, and those who become victims.



So, stay free. Assert your right to remain in that state, no matter the pain and inconvenience you have to endure in the name of freedom. Join others in the fight and shoulder your share of the burden, which will make it easier on everybody else. Get others to join you, and the load will become even lighter, until the power of your collective voice is so great that nothing can stand in its way.



Then, when you’ve accomplished your goal, behave in the responsible fashion you would like others to behave and make freedom worth having, instead of devolving into a bunch of cannibalistic wolves who are only too eager to give up what they have for the mere promise that they won’t get eaten, because if there’s one thing tyrannies do, it is to eat people alive whenever they want- and who wants to be hors d’ oeuvre? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be hors d’ combat in the cause of freedom, so I’ll stay on Writer Beat as long as I can, because online bullying reminds me of communist tyranny and I intend to fight against it in the same way.



Now Autumn, please come back and let us all make a success of this place, because where there’s a will, there surely must be a way!  





Mark Klaers Added Mar 6, 2017 - 5:41am
Mircea, let me say that I can't believe you aren't making a living by writing. I could go on, but this is all the "bro-mance" I'm going to expound on today.
I've posted articles on two other sites over the years. It always ends the same way. For the same reasons, the website folds. Unfortunately, I feel this one will follow suit.
I wish I had the time to go into how WB's embattlement is akin to what's going on with the US government right now, but I'm way to busy of late. Writer fantasy must give way to economic reality and with the economy taking off here, I've got to keep up.
Should all this go away, I can can truly say that I'll miss you, MJ, Haluska and Purcell. In case I don't get the chance in the future, all of you were acquaintances well met.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 6, 2017 - 8:01am
Mark, I enjoy writing and entered a competition for a columnist post last year, but didn't win despite my years-long track record of writing and being published by two newspapers, including the one which held the competition. Still, I thank you for the compliment. In my view, we either have a free society of writers or a dictatorship of trolls and a choice has to be made here. I was glad to make your acquaintance. Should you wish to keep in touch as well as get my latest musings, contact me at
Dino Manalis Added Mar 6, 2017 - 9:33am
Calm down!  Stop the insults!
Mircea Negres Added Mar 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
Thank you for the compliment, Tom. I don't want WB to disappear in the electronic ether, as a mere footnote in the battle to keep conversations going beyond how cute kittens are and what borscht recipes work. I mean, where else are we going to write anything more than half a page and use profanity when it serves the story? Not in the newspapers, that's for sure. It's gotta be here, and we have to make it work.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 6, 2017 - 12:33pm
Like Autumn I am dedicated to unabridged free speech. The name calling and invective is the cost of freedom people! The cost is reading/listening to things you may not like or want to.
No one has a right not to be offended!
I'm troubled to hear she and her brother had such a violent disagreement. Family is more important than anything else especially a website, even one we enjoy as much as WB so I applaud her valuing her relationship with her brother more than with a bunch of complainers like us!
All good things eventually pass. It was a great experiment while it lasted. 
Mircea Negres Added Mar 6, 2017 - 12:41pm
Jeffry, "just because we're trying to kill each other doesn't mean we can't be polite", said Winston Churchill during WW2. If you've got a problem with a country, don't make it about the man and do what you can to keep things civil, is what I say. I know Slade felt plenty justified to upset Stone-Eater, considering how much criticism the latter leveled at the U.S., but even I thought calling for Switzerland to be turned into a parking lot was too much while I tried to keep Stone-Eater from going nuclear over an attack on the Swiss banking system- after all, the post was about Swiss bankers who are hardly pillars of rectitude, not a certain Swiss gentleman, but hey, the explosion happened and now we've got other fallout to deal with. My hope is that we can come back to more mature ways to speak to one another, have Autumn back in her chair and pecking away at the WB keyboard and this vibrant place still here tomorrow, you know?
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 6, 2017 - 12:47pm
the explosion happened and now we've got other fallout to deal with.
I doubt the Slade-Stone battle had much to do with it. You'll recall Autumn and her brother argued a month ago. 
As dedicated as Autumn is to unbridled free speech - so much so she'd apparently rather leave than compromise - I can't see her changing her mind. She strikes me as one determined lady. 
Rex Added Mar 6, 2017 - 3:08pm
Mircea I intend to stay too. It has been the one place I can interact with people who have brains, are reasonably well read and I gain new insights and information from the diverse people who have been writing.
I’ll stay on Writer Beat as long as I can, because online bullying reminds me of communist tyranny and I intend to fight against it in the same way.
wsucram15 Added Mar 6, 2017 - 3:46pm
I second Nancys comments. Also Mircea..this was a great article. "I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be hors d’ combat in the cause of freedom". 
Its a shame, in all the things I have done of late, I NEVER thought for a minute this would be one thing I would have to fight for.  But here I am.
Donna Added Mar 6, 2017 - 4:12pm
Mircea,WSU, I will be the third vote for Nancy...I love this site, and i am not a writer, but what i learn from all of you, is priceless to me. I feel as though it has been this site that has provided the most valuable reading material in the last year..
Dawn Foss Added Mar 6, 2017 - 8:28pm
I have been off for a little while, but something big must have happened.  Did Autumn say she is going to take down this site?  I am in agreement that some guidelines need to be put into place; that is not censoring, it is showing respect to one another and making it a safe site.  Ideas should be presented, and if one disagrees, that's OK!  You are allowed to disagree!  Tolerance is being civil in the presence of irritability, disagreement, and dislike.  Tolerance doesn't mean that you have to agree with one another, or endorse what someone else believes, but that you "tolerate" one another.  Tolerance in itself requires that there is something you don't like, or else you don't have to tolerate it.  You would feel happy and accept it!  If your little brother keeps running his remote car into your room and hitting your bed, and you ask him to please stop, and you avoid shouting at him or hitting him, then you showed restraint and tolerance.
Just had to put my two cents about that, because I'm tired of people saying someone is intolerant because they disagree.  But that is not true; they are tolerant BECAUSE they disagree.  If they agreed, they wouldn't have to tolerate it!
Mircea Negres Added Mar 7, 2017 - 1:25am
Nancy, while the world needs writers, it also needs those who read, and I am always glad to have people's input even if it's sometimes painful because that's democratic and how one becomes a better writer. Happy to hear you'd also like to stick around.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 7, 2017 - 1:28am
Wsucram15, thank you for the compliment and decision to fight for Writer Beat. I think we need to keep this place alive and as a fountain of creativity.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 7, 2017 - 1:32am
Donna, welcome to the trenches. I hope we will overcome the niggling problem of writer retention and robust debate degenerating into mud-slinging matches. Like I told Nancy, the world needs writers, but it also needs readers, and your contribution is valued.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 7, 2017 - 1:43am
Dawn, you made good points. I commented on one of Billy Roper's latest posts which is about homosexuals. We had a discussion in which I gave my opinion based on personal experiences and he responded with facts to support his side of the argument. Neither of us got to name-calling even though we disagree. I think that is how things are supposed to go, but sadly it's not happening on Writer Beat.
What you missed is that Slade Hartman wrote a hard-hitting piece about Swiss bankers in which he called for the destruction of Switzerland and Stone-Eater took it personally as the only Swiss guy here. It got ugly and I couldn't calm things down, after which Stone-Eater said he was leaving WB and Slade posted something else about him. After that, Autumn put up a post in which she announced that she was leaving WB because of disagreements with her brother over the moderation issue (apparently not the first argument either), AND most of us freaked out because we thought WB would be closed down. Fair enough, no such announcement has been made, but a lot of guys and gals came here at Autumn's invitation, and we feel having her around is important. In a slightly large nutshell, that's what you missed. 
Shane Laing Added Mar 7, 2017 - 8:40am
Donna-Luisa. Welcome I'm sure your eyes will be opened to all sorts of opinions. Its always good for me to look at both sides of any argument.  I love it here and the articles published by all.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 7, 2017 - 8:46am
Donna-Luisa, to be fair I was paraphrasing Benjamin Franklin... Thank you for the compliment though. Got any ideas about the problem we currently face on WB?
Dawn Foss Added Mar 7, 2017 - 12:52pm
Mircea, thanks for getting me up to speed!
wsucram15 Added Mar 7, 2017 - 4:38pm
Mircea..some of us are on Niume...very similar page to this, write and comment type thing.
Different categories.  You might like it Expat is on there as is George, I think I have SEF talked into it.
Check it out..everyone should.,
EXPAT Added Mar 7, 2017 - 6:34pm
Your intentions are good, but it is too late! Thinking people have left with a bad impression of WB, and only an, UNDER NEW MANGEMENT sign will stir interest again.
But the old Trolls: Stone, wsu, Tom, Billy, Plumb, Janie, Ryan, etc. will come back, revert to type, and destroy it again.
Better to start a new site with restrictions, or just move on!
Just like Hillary, Writer Beat has too many negatives attached! And it is the negatives who want to preserve this site the most. They can't make it anywhere else.
Mircea Negres Added Mar 8, 2017 - 1:31am
EXPAT, I hear you, buddy. I can make it somewhere else, especially the pages of The Herald newspaper in Port Elizabeth, where I've been published for 9 years or so, as recently as last Thursday, in fact. The difference is that on WB I could stretch my literary muscles and write longer pieces instead of at most one page. I'll look at Niume soon; running out of data (got less than 40mb left) and will buy more tomorrow or Friday. One thing I've noticed is that the latest posts of those who plead for WB to be saved have gotten a lot more views than other posts. That tells me people care, but of course it remains to be seen what it will accomplish. Chances are I'll see you guys on Niume. If not, there's always e-mail...  

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