In Defense of Pen Names

Detail of Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull, c. 1805 (via Wikimedia)
The effect will be to allow the vast majority of our society to share thoughts freely and publicly, just as we all cast our votes, without fear of retaliation.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T wo and a third centuries ago, as the new American republic mooted its Constitution, voters cast public ballots in elections so that everyone knew for whom one had voted. Meanwhile, political commentators typically wrote under pseudonyms. Perhaps the most famous of the pen names was Publius, the nom de plume shared by three virulent, anti-American anti-anti-racists whose names should never be spoken, though just this once I will make an exception (before returning to tearing down their statues): Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison. Yet many other authors also wrote under assumed names. This let individuals state their views,

Nemo is the pen name of a university professor. 

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