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Re: on the inherent evil

 Uu> From: [email protected] (Paul L. Moses)

 Uu> Regarding the Electronic Democracy idea, I vote with Tim May.  Look at
 Uu> the way public opinion is molded today through CNN, Tom Brokaw, Connie
 Uu> Chung,  Oprah Winfrey, etc.  One could even say that Clinton is the
 Uu> "Phil Donahue president" (he 'cares') - just look at the second
 Uu> candidate debate last fall. A talk show if ever there was one.

As a Second Amendment activist, I am particularly aware of the dangers
of an instant-input viewer poll bearing the weight of law following a
particularly disgusting piece of BooHoo/Advocacy Broadcast Journalism.
.   Though I don't see how this is directly relevant to the cypherpunks
thang, I do know that I am horrified at the potential for abuse inherent
in the "electronic Town Hall" concept. I also find that most computer
folk have wild enthusiasm for this idea while bearing no inkling of the
ease with which the process could be subverted.

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