As i understand it, there are different types of proxies (please, someone, correct me if I'm wrong, or have misinterpreted what little I've read) - some are designed to hide you altogether (anonymous), and some have to do with routing or whatever and remain transparent (i.e. your 'real' IP address is still visible)...does this seem about right?
the only reason i've looked into this, is b/c i think my verizon broadband access card uses a proxy, since my IP maps to somewhere close to Houston (sometimes as far as Killeen, tx), and I'm at least 285 miles east of Houston.
johnred seems to be intimating that it is:
(intentional use of anonymous proxy) + (misbehavior) = problem...
so if you ban the use of anonymous proxies, you cut down on the misbehaving, and therefore the problems...
On a related note: there is a move afoot (albeit sofar only via legal action to hold people more accountable to their "anonymous" actions on the internet...so far, only in extreme cases, but it does call attention to the way discourse takes place on the web, and how people are able to say things in cyberspace that (for a number of reasons) wouldn't fly in "real" life.
Whatcha got ain't nothin new. This country's hard on people, you can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you.