[Edit: 6/30/10: Update (6/20/10, 11:25pm PT): Benson seems to have gone completely over the edge. Her latest — utterly partially false — conspiracy theories are described here and commented upon by YNH here. Benson continues to ignore Abraham Lincoln’s sage advice to her extreme embarrassment: Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt.]
Update (6/20/10, 7:10am PT): Benson has now phonied up the record by changing and removing posts. Perhaps she feels guilty for her outrageous and silly behavior. We can only hope. Then again, I googled some of the language quoted below to try to verify what happened and, even though it comes up first on the search (see here), establishing that my recitation below is accurate, the cache has been cleared. She has even added altered a post of her own to say:
So I doubt that I’ll be allowing you to comment here any more.
Really? So the cover-up continues. Benson may wish to alter history, and she is surely entitled to her own opinion, but she is not entitled to her own facts.
Update (6/30/10, 9:10am PT): As I have noted elsewhere, YNH has been shown to be based upon a pack of lies and, as a consequence, Ms. Benson has been shown to be essentially correct in her criticisms of it. YNH is now no more. I, apparently, have been caught in the crossfire. To mix my metaphors, I am the baby that Ms. Benson threw out with the bathwather. Details are available here. Since I have now received a (partial, qualified) apology from Ms. Benson, I have changed the title and art of this post as a gesture of goodwill. Her actions toward me, though still not justifiable in my book, are at least understandable now. I have left the post itself and the previous updates as they were, unless clearly identified, but they should be read in context with what we have subsequently learned.
The whole situation with Ophelia Benson and my banning from Butterflies & Wheels (see here and here) just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser, funnier and funnier. In comments here, Benson tries to justify her actions by claiming that she fears “rebellion,” that I’m “an elaborate sock puppet with an agenda” and that she has “reasons for [her] suspicions.” Moreover, there is a major conspiracy brewing against her: “But the internet makes it possible for people to do elaborate things with fake identities – and there is a person or a set of people busily doing such things at the moment, so I am wary.” She has even begun a e-mail campaign of some sort to deal with me. As a poster reveals in a response to her: “In personal emails, as well as here, you expressed neither evidence nor certainty, just suspicion and an elliptical reference to a slip-up.” She still claims to have her reasons, even though she won’t say what they are: “I don’t go on vague hunches. I have reasons, and I said I have reasons – I’m not about to post them here!” You see, even though my behavior was not objectionable in any way and even though she has no evidence for the claims she makes (she can’t — they are absolutely and entirely false), she just knows exactly what’s going on:
One more thing – part of what I suspect is that the reasonableness is a performance. A lulling of suspicions. An act. I’ve seen the act before. This is judgment, not gut – I didn’t ask you to defer to my gut, I said you could have taken my word for it that I had reasons.
The conspiracy is vast, donchaknow, V-A-S-T. Take her word for it. And don’t forget the hollowest claim of all: “It’s not a matter of views I dislike.” Riiiiiiight. [Edit (6/30/10): It turns out that YNH did elist a number of sock puppets in an effort to discredit OB. She was right about that.]
Indeed, her entire charade is almost too ludicrous to believe. What kind of ego, hubris even, does it take to believe that I would take the time and trouble to create this blog and publish its contents not because I had something I wanted to say, but simply as part of an elaborate ruse somehow, in some way, to “get” her. Everything is not all about you, Ophelia. [Edit (6/30/10): Given the YNH debacle, it is more believable than I gave her credit for.]
[Edit (6/30/10): Ophelia Benson’s connection to reality isn’t even tenuous at this point. But we can laugh about it (and at her) just the same. Due to what happened with YNH, OB’s actions are far more understandable than I gave her credit for, even though still entirely misguided in my case].