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2014-11-25 09.49.34A colleague tells of a tax court case that cited a professional conference she attended, then pointed to indications that she had not objected to a position that had been presented by other attendees at the meeting. Apparently by her silence having the power of authority.

That, during a discussion of whether training materials constitute legitimate basis for taking a position in the absence of any other authoritative reference. It not being completely insignificant to the discussion that the position being promoted is not right, or reasonable, or good or whatever we choose to use as our guide for judgment. Without going into detail that should be left to future public pronouncements, let’s just say that if the position being promoted by some promoters were to prevail, it would be a very short matter of time before even Congress would step in to make things right, even given how bad Congress’ record is on taking concrete action on things that really matter.

So, I’m instructed under no uncertain terms to shut up, to stop and quit and abstain and cease and desist and leave and be gone and all, to never so much as utter a name ever again? So I do so, keep my peace, remain silent, even against provocation. Then I hear tell that my silence is mischaracterized, said to convey something completely opposite what is right, what is reasonable, what is good or whatever any truth ought be? On whose didn’t sayso?

As with my colleage, don’t take my silence to convey anything at all to do with whatever private agenda you have. Particularly when I am only maintaining the silence I have been told to keep. Somedays retirement can’t come too soon. Then again, there would be some who would even take the silence I will have upon my death to be nothing but ill will, so I don’t suppose even my retirement from the field is going to spare me from attack. Not that I mind, but anyone who uses my silence as some authoritative statement on the matter is apt to be going the wrong direction and will only do themselves their own harm by their own choice, not on my didn’t sayso.

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Written by macheide

25 November 2014 at 11:11 pm

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