I’ve been asked by several readers whom I respect to ban Darius from commenting on this site. These are not persons who want him banned because they disagree with him, but because he hijacks every comment string to his own purposes. Whether you think he’s a bully or not, his participation does not allow for other strings to develop. We all know where he stands, and his opinion seems to lack nuance or room for development.
The people who have asked him to be blocked have nothing against open debate — one is a philosophy professor at an Ivy League university — but they do want this blog to be a place of healthy dialogue.
My problem is that if I block him, here’ll be the response: “See, those emergent guys say they’re open to ‘conversation,’ but they really aren’t because they block people who disagree with them.” Etc.
So, what do you think? Should I block Darius?
P.S., Darius, you should probably sit this one out.