by Nedjmi Mahomet
IF I say to you that “the election has been fixed and the computers all preprogramed” it is axiomatic that you very likely will reply, “You are a paranoid!”
This sort of healthy scepticism is to be credited in part to the yeoman work of SCICOP, the Scientific Committee for Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. They have done much to tackle the problem of credulousness that is the common property of us all. However, in this discussion of the entirely normal behavior of average human beings, the only reply necessary by me to you is to remind you of these two facts:
1) If it can be done, someone will, and
2) Given the preponderance of unregenerate or “sociopathic” personalities in all times and places (people everywhere functioning on the less than fully human level of their automatic appetites and fears–anger, fear, greed and lust, and laziness) the onus then is on YOU to prove that the elections in fact were straightforward and honest affairs.
This is all the more so since a low moral level does NOT automatically correlate with either low intelligence and lack of cunning or a low and relatively harmless position in society.
IT Is the terrible lesson of history that, for example, the mass-killing by the Nazis in World War II of scores of millions of human beings by industrial methods was implicit in the invention of railroads and the shipment of the first trainload of cattle from Kansas to the Chicago stockyards in the 1870’s. That new technologies create new opportunities for evil as well as good therefore should be equally axiomatic to any intelligent historian.
No amount of ad hominem argument can alter the case–but if you are able to explain to me in what way computers now are somehow different from railroads even while the average human being of today is at bottom no different morally than those of the nineteenth century and the 1940’s, I shall be glad to promote your teaching to any whom may be able to perceive it!
[Emmett R Smith
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[9 April 2006]