A Note on Anonymity

Dear Readers,

First, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who continue to read this site, and a welcome to new readers. I enjoy writing it immensely, and can only hope that in the process I generate something that you find worth reading and sharing.

Second, as some of you will know, this site hasn’t always been anonymous. As a consequence, longtime readers and friends from the outside world will know my full name. But for the majority of the site’s existence, for professional reasons, I’ve attempted to avoid linking this site with me publicly. Not out of any concern for quality! Honestly! But because, as an attorney, I wish to maintain a very clear line between my personal beliefs, and views I adopt as an advocate in the course of representing a given client.  This is all the more important because I recently began a position as an appellate prosecutor for an unspecified New York jurisdiction. I take the public servant’s role very seriously, and would never want to have an outside observer confuse my personal views with the views of New York state or local government.

To that end, I hope readers, commenters, and anyone linking to the site (except from Facebook, say, if we’re friends) will continue to refer to me by my pseudonym, Marius, and studiously avoid using my real name. For the avoidance of doubt, the views expressed on this site may at times coincide with views I adopt in a professional capacity, but this is the merest coincidence. Anything said here is said in my role as a private citizen, and does not represent the views of any of my employers, past or present.

– Marius

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Oh, so why “Marius”? Well, I admire The Federalist Papers authors’ collective use of the Latin praenomen “Publius,” both as a clever way to both bind themselves to a common vision, and make a show of their debt to the classical Roman notion of republicanism. I adopted “Marius” for the second reason, drawing from the second-century B.C.E. Consul who, though a commoner, pioneered many of the reforms that kept the Roman Republic vital, but also accidentally inaugurated the century of civil war that would precipitate its downfall. Consequentially, I view his example as a cautionary tale, about both the virtues of reform, and the need to consider where even the best intentions may lead.

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2 comments

  1. I’m going to call you “Mari” just to spite you now :-P

  2. If you’re talking directly to someone in Latin, you’d normally use their name in the vocative case, which for Marius would be ‘Marie’. Just saying. :nods:

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