CJay Engelcomment 5 Commentsaccess_time 2 min read
Well this is juicy.
I republish many Bionic Mosquito articles. I’ve enjoyed correspondence with him over the years. His real name is Jonathan Goodwin and he has been around the libertarian movement for some time.
Recently, he wrote a fictional post, found here. It was a hypothetical about a nearly ideal “propertarian” community and how they solved a property rights situation in a peaceful way. He wrote it in the first person.
Gary North read it. He thought it was a true story. He wrote up an article about it and put it on his site.
Then he found out, per BM’s follow-up post, that it was a fictional account.
Now North is angry, and likely embarrassed– the former because of the latter.
The anonymous editor of the Bionic Mosquito has crossed the line. I will never trust him again.
He made up a story about his community. In my summary of it, I said it sounded amazing. I had never read anything like it before. Well, there was a reason for that: the article was a hoax.
I suppose he thought he was clever. He is not clever. He is a willful deceiver. He betrayed his readers without qualms. He also betrayed the people who gave him publicity and helped him build his site.
Now he finds that his hoax has multiplied. This seems to come as a surprise to him. It shouldn’t. He was trusted.
Bionic Mosquito is open about his name– Jonathan Goodwin. He’s not trying to deceive anyone, those who read him consistently recognize his writing style. At any rate, it seems petty of North to get so worked up about it. He doesn’t know Goodwin, as he admits, and there’s no reason to assume Goodwin was planning a hoax. It was a parable.