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*Image: Grandmama’s Arithmetical Game by McLoughlin Brothers, c. 1870 [The Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester, NY]

By Hadley Arkes, The Catholic Thing, Nov.  17, 2020

Hadley Arkes is the Ney Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Amherst College and the Founder/Director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights & the American Founding.   …

Hadley ArkesWe are still winding down from a presidential election that has all of the signs of a dystopian novel, sprung from a fevered imagination.  We may not be fiddling, but churning away at our keyboards while Rome is burning.  In recent history, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy knew the morning after Election Day that they had been elected.  Has it taken an advanced technology with computerized systems to bring us to this level?

And the answer, in part, is that it has. For we now have computerized systems capable of all kinds of manipulations, shifting and reassigning scores of thousands of votes.  As anyone could see, the move to mail-in ballots, with deadlines extended, with checks of identity foregone – anyone with experience could see we were heading for something worse than a train wreck.  …