What's new

Aaron Swartz


New member
The mainstream media has been doing a snow job to make us believe that Aaron Swartz committed suicide by tying a rope around his neck and hanging himself. 

Personally, I think he would have been creative enough to think of a less horrible way to die.  You could eat a sandwich in the time it takes to suffocate from hanging.  If he really was as depressed as media says, he could have easily gotten a prescription for Xanex, put on some nice music, light some candles and gone to sleep and never wake up.  Why hanging?  

Hanging is a horrible way to die.  The sentence of hanging was intended to send a message to other offenders "this could happen to you".  I think that's why Aaron Swartz died by hanging.  It's a message to other activists -- probably those he knew who worked with him. 

Swartz's father is an intellectual property consultant to MIT's computer lab. At Aaron's funeral, he said his son was killed by the government. 

Media has since spun Swartz' father's remark as if it he was speaking figuratively.   Don't you believe it.  I don't like the way mainstream media writers frame  Swartz's hanging as a reaction to 'bullying'.  It implies Swartz was afraid of the government, that he was a coward, or mentally ill. 

That's not it. Swartz's career shows the familiar pattern of attempts to assimilate him into the system - scholarship to Stanford, lucrative job under auspices of WIRED,  a fellowship from Harvard's institution on ethics.  All these perks failed to control him, so they switched to Federal muscle tactics.   

Each attempt to control him drove him further beyond the pale.  But I think his death warrant wasn't issued till last year when he became an effective leader of a million people and stopped the PIPA and SOPA bills.   Effective leaders aren't allowed. 

Bertrand Russell wrote frankly that geniuses would be carefully offered a place with the elite, but those that persisted in bucking the system would be exterminated.  From  "The Scientific Outlook", 1931, Russell wrote;

"On those rare occasions, when a boy or girl who has passed the age at which it is usual to determine social status shows such marked ability as to seem the intellectual equal of the rulers, a difficult situation will arise, requiring serious consideration. If the youth is content to abandon his previous associates and to throw in his lot whole-heartedly with the rulers, he may, after suitable tests, be promoted, but if he shows any regrettable solidarity with his previous associates, the rulers will reluctantly conclude that there is nothing to be done with him except to send him to the lethal chamber before his ill-disciplined intelligence has had time to spread revolt. This will be a painful duty to the rulers, but I think they will not shrink from performing it." 

Last edited by a moderator: