What do the city of Xiamen, China and the Regressive Librarians have in common? They both hate anonymous online postings! The NYT says one city is considering banning anonymous online postings.
"The southeastern port city of Xiamen is considering a ban on anonymous Web postings after residents mounted a successful Internet campaign last month to suspend construction of a $1.4 billion chemical plant because of its potential environmental risk, The Beijing Youth Daily reported."
And now some of those Chinese officials want to make sure that if anyone tries to effect any change, they have to use their real names, probably so the government can quell dissent and track down any people who disagree with them. They want to do bad things and can't meet any rational arguments, so they just want to shut people up. Sounds a lot like the regressive librarians to me. In fact, I think Cranky Marxist Dude is in China now, so maybe the Xiamen officials are taking advice from him.
Remember, Regressives and totalitarians of all stripes don't have any good arguments and they don't like criticism. They have no interest in dissent or debate. They just want obedience and submission. Intellectual freedom means the freedom to think like them.