Lying Until Proven Truthful

Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Andrew Kemle

“Presumption of innocence is, obviously enough, a necessary prerequisite for civilization that is going to be the least bit tolerable. … But there so frequently seems to be this additional assumption, trailing along like a disease-ridden tail, that believing a person is innocent until proven guilty also means believing that the accuser must be lying, maliciously attempting to destroy the other person’s life because of jealousy or personal vendetta or any number of possible grievances. Automatically believing that the accuser is lying is a completely nonsensical position to take, however, as it completely contradicts the spirit and intent of presuming innocence in the first place.” (04/28/22)