December 26th, 2012

Godzilla, default

Another alternate history scenario: No Protocols of the Elders of Zion:

Historically the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were the most evil legacy of Tsar Nicholas II, and certainly his only enduring one unless we count one of the most idiotic Disney movies. They were a hoax made to justify things like the Odessa and Kishinev Pogroms, in order to present Russia as the victim of a hypothetical Jewish conspiracy. They happen to have also been a cheap thing for any anti-Semite to mindlessly copy without bothering with the hoaxed nature of said protocols. If the Protocols of the Elders of Zion had never been written by the ministers of Nicholas the Bloody, what would have happened to 20th and 21st Century anti-Semitism? It wouldn't kill it off by any means of the word, but it would deprive it of one of its most enduring lies and their evil results.

IMHO the absence of the Protocols would have at least some significant changes in terms of the history of a particular idea, but I'm not sure what those changes would be. Perhaps anti-Semitism retains a more religious (meaning Christian ideas of deicide and Christ-Killers) edge instead of the 'secular' one the protocols left. I rather doubt that this would erase the Holocaust as the architects of that movement had a specific chain of events which might or might not occur in this scenario for reasons unrelated to the absence of a hoax. The history of ideas is still an area of history, so I'm asking this simple question: for want of a hoax, how might hatred have been altered, if altered it would be at all?

Let's talk robots!

We often hear that military research in science and technology is a driving engine for progress. As much as I hate to say it, I am prone to agree. Let's just look at the latest advancements in robotics for example. What used to be sci-fi a few years ago, is now reality. Even in ways we would have never thought of.

So why is it important that the military (and society in general) should pursue the development of robots, but also investigate more into the implications from that development? Apart from the obvious reason that robots look cool. =)

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