Monday, September 14, 2009

"You Lie!"


From my latest at the Center for a Stateless Society:

With apologies to James Goldman: Of course he lies. He always lies. They all lie. It’s 2009 and they’re politicians. ... "You lie!" is almost never a false allegation when directed at a state functionary, at least if that state functionary’s lips are moving. And how could it be any other way? The state is built on a foundation of falsehood -- "you need us!" -- and like all falsehoods, that one requires a cascade, an eternal torrent, of additional lies ("Market failure!" "No new taxes!" "A war to end all wars!") to constantly reinforce it and keep it from falling apart.

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