The Judges Become the Judged

36. When, under stress of pain, the witch has confessed, her plight is indescribable. Not only cannot she escape herself, but she is also compelled to accuse others whom she does not know, whose names are frequently put into her mouth by the investigators or suggested by the executioner, or of whom she has heard as suspected or accused. These in turn are forced to accuse others, and these still others, so it goes on: who can help seeing that it must go on and on?

37. The judges must either suspend these trials (and so impute their validity) or else burn their own folk, themselves, and everybody else; for all sooner or later are falsely accused and, if tortured, all are proved guilty.

38. Thus eventually those who at first clamoured most loudly to feed the flames are themselves involved, for they rashly failed to see that their turn too would come. Thus Heaven justly punishes those who with their pestilent tongues created so many witches and sent so many innocent to the stake . . .


In Witch Hunts, eventually you run out of people to prosecute, and you become the guilty.

Folksonomies: witch hunts paranoia

/law, govt and politics (0.557924)
/art and entertainment/humor (0.500081)
/art and entertainment/music/music genres/folk music (0.499091)

Judged In Witch (0.933215 (neutral:0.000000)), pestilent tongues (0.858469 (negative:-0.833931)), judges (0.680162 (neutral:0.000000)), turn (0.658195 (negative:-0.539570)), executioner (0.558559 (negative:-0.270474)), plight (0.542158 (positive:0.330791)), stake (0.523900 (neutral:0.000000)), mouth (0.523728 (negative:-0.298093)), everybody (0.522378 (neutral:0.000000)), validity (0.522130 (neutral:0.000000)), stress (0.521772 (negative:-0.667863)), pain (0.521271 (negative:-0.667863)), investigators (0.520669 (negative:-0.270474)), Hunts (0.515946 (neutral:0.000000)), people (0.515550 (negative:-0.547836)), flames (0.515162 (neutral:0.000000)), witches (0.514860 (positive:0.276937)), names (0.509794 (negative:-0.298093)), trials (0.503370 (neutral:0.000000))

Witchcraft (0.937468): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Witch-hunt (0.908488): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
Judge (0.903451): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc
English-language films (0.762566): dbpedia
Black-and-white films (0.761261): dbpedia
Salem witch trials (0.735851): dbpedia | freebase | yago
And So It Goes (0.626427): dbpedia | freebase | yago
Tongue (0.597697): dbpedia | freebase | opencyc

 'Cautio Criminalis' Or A Book On Witch Trials (Studies in Early Modern German History)
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Spee , Friedrich (2003-06-22), 'Cautio Criminalis' Or A Book On Witch Trials (Studies in Early Modern German History), University of Virginia Press, Retrieved on 2011-05-18
Folksonomies: history witch hunt