They started calling me one about six years ago on the online debating forums. They called other people 'Trolls' too. The ones who were articulating powerful and coherent arguments in total contrast and opposition to the ones which were the official reality of the time. The ones who could handle themselves in a verbal Karate session. The ones who were by nature fair, co-operative and transparent. They would invariably be savaged and called Trolls by the combative, litigious and adversarial nit pickers who attacked in swarms and would avoid and evade a fair contest with the morals of a Latvian sewer rat . The higher your ability to stand your ground with class and style, the more shrill the invectives (just like today).
Many years ago, on the speakers' platforms in the Sydney Domain, they were also vilified with this pejorative for going against the politically correct religion of the day. 'Troll' had not been invented yet, so the terms 'troublemaker, stirrer (blasphemer) agitator (hater) and the best one 'racist' were invocations de rigeur. If you attempted to legitemately criticise anyone who was not a white European male, you were automatically dropped down the trapdoor. Dare contradict that no German could ever say anything civilised, or go widdershins (counter) that all homosexuals were the best people on the planet, you'd get a blue tattoo on your arm that branded you as the current "Untermensch" (troll) homophobe (troll) anti Semite (troll) or misogynist (troll). Substitute Troll for Critic and the ducks line up. Troll, like 'racist' is intended to silence any criticism that suits not the religious fanatics (academics, bureaucrats, educators" et al for various 'reasons' (ideologies).
You'd think that a wide platform like the internet would allow for the unthinkable - freedom to speak openly and fairly with vigour and enthusiasm and opportunity for explanation and expansion? Forget it. You get jumped on by a locust mentality who in spite of prattling on about 'freedom' will, in reality gag you with their pet invectives. You thought the Nazional Zocialists were repressive? Absolute Pre Raphaelites by comparison.
The Dark Ages were a freethinker's dream in action when placed side by side. Back then, it was the clergy who decided who would bugger whom and who would be allowed to join in on the repression of the clever and the talented. Today's clergy are around in force and more vile, conspiratorial (yes, I know bank robbers don't conspire to rob banks and that politicians don't conspire to win elections) than ever. What are these new Kommandants called? They are called "Stand Up Comics". Try making fun of or satirise (blaspheme) against the wrong comic targets and watch the gloves come off. Mel gibson was actually doing a drunken Mel Brooks routine, but was too thick to point this out to a dumb 'media' (doublethink) brigade. I refer to the Mr & Mz Penny's on the 'comedy' circuit who behave like "The Joker" .They front the "Comedy Festival" pulpits with the same authority as a column of troops marching down the side of a mountain. But we Trolls are waiting quietly behind the door. Beware the anger of the patient Troll. Let us prey.