So guess what CAC received in its in-box today:
Nicholas Provenzo - I am the primary author of and contact for the press release that may have prompted your December 15 letter. I've been in the business of defending my company -- also my father's company, for that matter -- for 30 years, and for a variety of reasons derived from three decades of personal experience, I don't entirely share the philosophy or perspectives you've espoused. But, if you're willing, I would like two signed copies of that letter on your official letterhead instead of just a fax. I'd like to frame one and keep the other for my scrapbook. If you decide to send them, the address is:Mr. Hamlin has respectfully asked me to send him a copy of the fax I sent his firm so he may frame it. Interesting, considering I called the executives of his company "sniveling bedwetters." And yet unfulfilling. I don't get the sense Mr. Hamlin grasped that CAC was accusing his company of a shameful crime against its own interests. Attorney General Spitzer's arguments against Dow AgroSciences were utterly bankrupt—literally legal nonsense on stilts. Yet by falling to defend its rights, Dow AgroSciences gave Spitzer's claims of false advertising (and the moral basis by which he made these claims) a legitimacy which they never could enjoy on their own. Mr. Hamlin's thirty years of experience and the pride he feels in following in his fathers footsteps does not negate that his firm that engaged in what Ayn Rand appropriately called "sanction of the victim." A victim's inaction only serves to aid injustice.
Garry L. Hamlin
P.S. This is a personal communication. I am not functioning in any official capacity on behalf of my company or any other organization and this communication should not be used to suggest or imply that I am.
Businessmen are certainly within their rights to consider it more practical to settle a costly lawsuit then have their businesses endure a protected fight. Yet I can't help but think if the American founders used the same calculus as Dow AgroSciences did when it calculated the cost of fighting against Elliot Spitzer, we would be living in a much different and much darker world today. I will send Mr. Hamlin a signed copy of his firm's award. And for extra measure, I will be sending him a copy of Atlas Shrugged. If he won't read it, maybe his son will . . .