You write, “The second reason is that if someone attacks a person right after they die, the only benefit gained is to hurt those people who cared about him.”
I agree, of course.
Your next point is that we mustn’t allow ‘decency’—in ourselves and in others—to keep us from answering distortions of "the record.” This point would carry more weight if someone had tried to distort the record. Aaron’s post says, “one of the most prolific posters on SOLOHQ” (Luke can’t argue with that,) and “Even if I didn't agree with him, I could be sure he'd always say something that makes you have to seriously stop and think.” I see no distortions in Aaron’s announcement. Michael Marotta called him a luminary, but that’s Marotta, right? Ed wrote, “Though I think he was misguided…” No distortions. Then Luke pops in to pee.
“But if it's offensive to the people who care about someone when you say bad things after they're dead, isn't it also offensive to people that didn't like him when you say nice things?”
No. Distorted things, yes. Nice, no.
“…Jon's responses seem far more inappropriate than Luke's. First, Jon didn't respond to Luke's alleged offense, but attacked him for his McDonald's article…”
That’s not exact. I called him small, vicious and an idiot, which response was definitely aimed at his offense. THEN I made fun of the McDonald’s article. That said, I acknowledge harboring truculence toward Luke that has built up over time. I intend to give it expression, staying this side of moderation at all times, for as long as you will tolerate.
“…another example of a non-activist attacking an activist…”
Again, not exact. In the early nineties I was President for a couple years of The Objectivist Club of The George Washington University. I took dates out on poster stapling nights, I held weekly meetings, and spent University funds for Ayn. I had Nort Buechner come and deliver his dog-eat-dog competition fallacy speech (on Valentines night, my screw-up.) I had Harry Binswanger and Edwin Locke come and debate some animal’s rights losers we lined up. From graduation through the early 00’s I was concentrated on getting rich, which I did, and now I don’t do shit unless I love it. I am an at-home Dad with a four and two year old. They will be in school soon enough, so I have been thinking of my next career and maybe it will involve Objectivism, or maybe not, but I might go back to school again. Perhaps I will start or take responsibilities for another campus club. Anyway, easy to be a critic, indeed.
“…he's decided that he'll attack Luke (and maybe Bill?) after he dies.”
That was a joke. Thanks for reminding me to retract it. I would never, ever, not ever, remind anyone on the occasion of his passing that I will neither miss nor cry for Luke. Because I will. I call that being not a robot. Luke is clueless socially, but not evil.