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We all have different approaches to blogging and YMMV, but my approach is to make an argument which I hope is of directly relevance to ET readers and support it with links which might be of further interest to a few ET readers with a specialist interest in a particular topic. However I try to ensure a post stands on its own merits for readers with just a few minutes to devote to a particular topic. So I often summarize a plethora of articles on a particular topic or make an argument based on them which I have not seen elsewhere in the MSM.

My editorial difficulty with your post is that it assumes a great deal of background knowledge to the particular case you are highlighting and assumes people will read a great deal of linked material in order to get a sense of what you are going on about. Although you state "It was my intention to illustrate briefly a "principle" or axiom of human activity, issues of law and its applications to socially acceptable and socially unacceptable behavior" I'm not sure the average reader will be much the wiser as to what argument you are trying to make.

It is an issue of connecting with your readership - such as it is - and providing a narrative that will entice a time poor reader to follow you down a certain track. I found myself struggling to make sense of what you are trying to say and wondering why I am even reading it given that I am not a lawyer with a specific interest in the development of US criminal law. Given time constraints, we all have to be extremely selective in what we read. Why is it that ET readers need to know what is going on in this particular case? It doesn't jump out at me. Perhaps an opening paragraph setting out what is at stake for all of us would set things to right...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 03:25:44 PM EST
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My speech, generally, is aporetic. My opinions about certain, specific current events are not, because they are mine until I care to share them.

it assumes a great deal of background knowledge to the particular case you are highlighting and assumes people will read a great deal of linked material
I don't assume. To the contrary, after twenty-five years navigating the innerboobs, I have seen things, as Roy says, that defy all claims to the universal, the singularity, the "hive" mind of humanity and the One Economy. I ought not expect readers to read the links; I ought expect readers to criticize and excerpt, because its the wrong excerpt, no telling why, except it's TOO LONG.

Yet that doesn't stop me trying to pull the jailhouse lawyers together. For real.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 04:09:16 PM EST
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None of us have any entitlement to be read, much less promoted, recommended, commented or acted upon. But for me communication, learning and collaboration is what it's all about. Spouting opinions for it's own sake is little more than a venting of ego. As an editor, I see myself as haveing a responsibility to try and make this blog more accessible, enjoyable, educative, and widely read.  As you can see, I am doing a terrible job. It doesn't stop me from trying...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 04:33:18 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Now there's an interesting idea in search of a public forum against censorship perhaps.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 05:41:10 PM EST
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being utterly bored with the constant misdirection of conversation is not the same thing as censoring it. Ciao

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Aug 24th, 2017 at 06:37:37 PM EST
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Gov. Greitens: Pull Down Missouri's Racist Death Penalty Statutes!


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2017 at 02:46:39 PM EST
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