Friday, October 24, 2008

Is Killing Troy Davis Crowd Control at Election Time?

Lawyers Planning Last-Minute Challenges as Time Running Out for Troy Anthony Davis

Is Troy Davis being executed for Being while black? Act now! Amnesty International USA

Canetti: War and the First Death

It is the first death which infects everyone with the feeling of being threatened. It is impossible to over assess the role played by the first dead man in the kindling of wars. Rulers who want to unleash war know very well that they must procure or invent a first victim. It need not be anyone of particular importance, and can even be someone unknown. Nothing matters except his death; and it must be believed that the enemy is responsible for this. Every possible cause of his death is suppressed except one: his membership in the group to which one belongs oneself.

Elias Canetti, Masse und Macht vol. 1, p. 152 (1960)(S.H. transl.) [Originally published in April 3, 2008]

Is this our method of human sacrifice, and the more innocent the virgin, the better? Publicly executing a perfect sacrifice rite right before the first presidential election White Power looks sure to lose. Is White Power executing Troy Davis for the chilling effect on an ascendant, dare I say, uppity electorate?

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