December 04, 2021

In Money and Voting the Currency is Trust

 Interesting to read the following excerpt from Jacob Goldstein in his book on the history of money:

It would be catastrophic if the CEO of a bank was delusional, or the chairman of the Federal Reserve was inclined to commit fraud. Those institutions depend on the choices made by the people in charge. The point of bitcoin is that no one is in charge. (You could also say that everyone is in charge, but that amounts to the same thing.) In classic cypherpunk style, Satoshi (“Satoshi”) owns no patents on bitcoin. The full codebase was published online for everyone to see and use and tweak however they want. Money is always and everywhere based on trust.

 One might propose an analogy:

It would be catastrophic if the CEO of a voting system was delusional, or the security chief of Dominion was inclined to commit fraud. Those institutions depend on the choices made by the people in charge. The point of open-sourced code is...that no one owns no patents on open-sourced code. The full codebase is published online for everyone to see. Voting is always and everywhere based on trust.

But the problem is to think that there can only be a single problem with our crapulent voting system when, of course, life is more complicated.  Heard this summary of the voting “irregularities” of 2020 from Matt McGwire:

“It all stems to mail-in ballots. Obviously there are different parts of the electronics which we have a better picture of how it went down but still as long as they’re hiding behind the ‘it’s proprietary’ nonsense and until we can get through that firewall we can’t truly know how we did it. Every time we do an audit we see little pieces... 

But without the mail-in ballots, ballot-harvesting and drop boxes they don’t have the votes to switch. Those are the three parts: you send everyone a ballot, you have someone pick up a ballot, and then you have them drop off the ballot in a place that isn’t monitored. If you do that you don’t even need the electronics at that point. If you can flood it with illegal ballots you don’t even need the program to do anything but 1 + 1 + 1 = 3.  And we know that happened.” 


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