J.8. Use of Pseudonyms/Anonymity by Authors

The RC Community will not provide lists of any kind through which Co-Counselors might be identified for oppressive or malicious purposes. When writing in RC communications, Co-Counselors whose writing reveals information that could put them in danger will use pseudonyms or write anonymously. (RC communications include our journals, e-mail lists, the RC websites, and other RC resources.) This way, the RC Community does not risk colluding with oppression.

When RCers identify themselves in an RC communication as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Intersex, Queer, or Transgender people; as political activists or organizers in volatile[88] situations; as immigrants without legal status; they are required to either use pseudonyms or have their writing made anonymous. (The IRP determines which groups are to do this in consultation with the relevant ILRP or RRP.) Members of the RC Community shall not disclose the identity of anyone using a pseudonym or writing anonymously.

Any individuals who believe they might be targeted because of an identification (mistaken or otherwise) should consult with their Reference Person about either using a pseudonym or having their writings made anonymous in RC communications.

Apart from in our RC communications, we are not discouraging or encouraging self-identification or visible leadership either inside or outside of RC. It remains an individual decision that should be discharged on and evaluated in consultation with Reference Persons.

REASON

Our goal is to help each other recover our occluded intelligence. Doing this leads to fresh and useful thinking. This Guideline makes it possible for RCers to fully express our thoughts. It protects us and the Re-evaluation Counseling Community from being targeted by oppression or malicious activity.

We are committed to the liberation of all people. We seek to make each constituency’s best thinking available to the entire RC Community. This is true even when a constituency is currently or potentially the target of oppression. We cannot control where and to whom our communications are distributed. Therefore we must not accidentally collude with or bring on oppression. It makes sense to protect writers’ anonymity as we make their valuable thinking available to the RC Community.

Creating social media or e-mail accounts with a pseudonym identity is discouraged. When we create these accounts on the Internet, it connects our real identities with the pseudonym identities. This information will be available to companies and governments. For that reason, some groups should have their writings made anonymous by Community leadership when writing for RC e-mail lists and publications.

It is impossible to guarantee that using a pseudonym or writing anonymously will keep an identity secure. But following this policy significantly lowers the risks of exposure.

Blaming, scapegoating, and otherwise targeting activists and oppressed groups distract people from the failures of the collapsing system. Targeting can also take vicious and violent forms.


[88] Volatile means rapidly or unexpectedly changing, mostly for the worst.


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