Posted on Mar 28, 2012 by Tom Gilson
Forgive me for enjoying some irony. Before the Reason Rally, the True Reason group I’ve been co-leading was told repeatedly, “Don’t come! Don’t spoil our fun! Don’t crash our party!” David Silverman, the lead organizer for the rally, told us that if we “interfered” we would be escorted away by “plentiful” security.
And now on Amazon.com a “reviewer”[1. It is unclear whether this person read the book; thus I put "reviewer" in quotes.] is complaining that he couldn’t find us there. The same writer sent a message to True Reason website admins calling us “hypocritical,” because he thought we weren’t there. Before the rally the concern was we would raise too much of a ruckus; now this person is upset that we didn’t raise enough of one!
We were there, dozens of us, but we weren’t “crashing” anything. The notion of “party-crashing” doesn’t apply to a public policy-related event on public land in Washington, D.C. in the first place, but the point is that we were to interact, not to interfere.
We handed out lots of free water, which many people gratefully accepted, even though the weather was cool and rainy. We handed out excerpts of the True Reason book. We had the quiet, respectful conversations we said we were going there to have: person-to-person, recognizing that we are all human beings interacting with fellow human beings on matters of great importance. We did exactly what we said we would do, and we’re glad we went.