In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control…
At the end of the day, it isn’t my business if someone wants to believe or speak lies. I am not the world’s truth enforcer. Lies, for the most part, are pretty easily discerned once a person takes a little time to think about them. If someone is so intellectually lazy that they won’t take the time to figure out if something is true or false, it isn’t up to me to do anything specific about it. My duty starts and ends with merely trying to tell the truth as best I can determine. The problem comes in with what Dalrymple is talking about: the social enforcement of lies. Anyone trying to compel me – or anyone else – to lie is very much my business.
Our people on the left, of course, live on lies – their who worldview is based upon a set of falsehoods and only via falsehoods can they advance their cause. The problem we all have is that our leftists don’t just leave it at that – they insist we all join in their lies and affirm them positively in the public square. If I won’t say that affirmative action is continually needed in the United States to correct the inherently racist nature of American society, then I am a racist – I’m evil and have to be shut up and shut out of the debate. I can only enter the debate if I subscribe in advance to a falsehood – that America is an inherently racist society. It is a long list of lies that the left insists upon, as well: everything from “only white people can be racists” to “there’s a wage gap between men and women due to sexism” and a thousand things in between must be agreed to, or I’m out. If you ever wonder why our leftists are so strident against us it is because of this refusal to join in their lies…our refusal marks us out, in their minds, as evil…and you don’t sit down and chat with evil, now do you? Additionally, of course, if the lies are exposed for what they are, then the left as a political force is finished for good.
If you wonder why we, as a nation and a civilization, are such a mess, look no further than this: the long series of lies which we’ve had to bend ourselves to. Now, to be sure, most of us don’t completely bend to them…but, then again, most of us don’t hold commanding positions in the economy or government. Those who do hold such commanding positions, even if they are not specifically of the left, have bent to them. When is the last time you heard a corporate boss or a senior political leader demand the end of affirmative action? In debate, ever heard a conservative leader just flat-out call the “wage gap” the lie that it is? Might be a few, here and there, but most don’t – because to do so would be too dangerous. A corporate boss who dissents from liberal lies is likely to lose his job; a political leader who dissents from them has probably closed off most routes of advancement. You and me don’t bend to them to the point of actually repeating them – but we do bend in the sense that when we hear a lie, we don’t necessarily say it is a lie…especially right to the face of someone stating the lie.
As long as lies are subscribed to, we’ll never really fix what is wrong. Any attempt to fix a problem under the current regime of lies is like trying to work out a lengthy mathematical equation which starts out “two plus two equals three”. No matter how much you twist and turn, you’ll never get a correct answer. Lies and truth can’t go together. The slightest little hint of lie makes the whole thing false – there are no “white lies” or “half truths”. Something is completely true, or completely false. When you see someone discussing an issue with someone who clearly is full of it, you might hear them say something along the lines of, “there’s an element of truth in what you’re saying, but…”…this is just a desperate attempt by someone to retain a rational line of thinking without going through the trouble to just point out the other guy is either a nincompoop who believes transparent lies, or a bald-faced liar through and through. It is very difficult for a truth-teller to get the upper hand because this entails either exposing someone as a bad actor (a liar) or a fool (someone who believes lying twaddle)…most people don’t like to be in the position of exposing someone like that. It feels mean; rude – almost unfair. This is especially true in our modern world which has been conditioned to believe that being rude is worse than being false.
And while it is getting almost impossible to fix things, it is getting easier and easier for those who foster lies to gain control, as was noted in the quote above. Once any of us gives in and allows a lie to slide, we are complicit in it to a certain extent – and exposed to danger, ourselves, if the lie is exposed. After all, why didn’t we speak up if we knew it was a lie all along? Lie gets piled on lie and after a while it becomes harder and harder to even know the truth. A good example of how a series of lies gets woven into society is the Kennedy assassination. Here we have a very cut and dried case – every last bit of evidence firmly demonstrates that Oswald, a communist screwball acting alone, killed Kennedy and yet probably 7-8 in 10 Americans believes that there was some sort of hidden conspiracy involved. People started lying about the killing almost from the moment in happened – naturally, our liberals were the trail-blazers here with their absurd theory that conservative hatred set the stage for the act. Since the day of Kennedy’s death, an increasingly bizarre series of fabrications have been developed about the crime until, now, even people who are hard-headed realists who insist upon following the evidence very often say, “well, I don’t know what happened, but a lot of strange questions have come up about it; maybe there’s something to them?”. There’s nothing to them. At all. They are on the level of people who think the Twin Towers were imploded – but you just watch: if we don’t get a handle on the lies, then by 2051 70% of the American people will believe there was some sort of conspiracy by someone other than the terrorists behind the attack. You’ll get more grief – and shocked surprise – by telling the truth (Kennedy was killed by a lone nut) than by lying (there are some serious, unanswered questions about the act). People are now invested in the lie – and not just those making hay by marketing lies…once someone asserts, based upon false information, that there was something screwy going on, he develops a vested interest in keeping the lie going even if later evidence demonstrates the falsity of his earlier position. After all, it is hard to admit that one was taken in – better, in spite of all evidence, to just brazen it out on the lie: this can preserve one’s very precious social standing (not for nothing do the greatest saints pray to be despised by their fellow men…they know that this is the only route to real safety, and the only way they can keep up the courage to really tell the truth all the time; most people would almost rather die than have people think them fools).
The social pressure to conform is enormous. We don’t want ever to be the odd man out. This makes it is easier to tell a lie than to tell the truth. Truth requires courage. Truth requires verifiable facts to back it up. Truth is, well, work. It is easier to go along with a lie than to oppose it – if you go along, you’re one of the cool people and no one attacks you; the liar might even throw you a bone from time to time. Oppose the lie and the liar – desperate to keep control – will come after you in fury. People who want to tell the truth get beaten down – and usually socially destroyed. This can be done to almost anyone because almost everyone has skeletons in their closet and a liar is not at all opposed to raking up such things and presenting them to the public so that the truth-teller will look like the bad guy…and, of course, someone who lies about one thing is not going to be deterred from lying about others…if there are no skeletons in the closet, or if they are small and easily explained, then exaggeration and outright falsehood will supply the necessary expansion of the skeleton. Once a person has been through the grinding mill of such lies, his truth may not be believed…or even if it is, it won’t be as effective because the source is now tainted. And for each truth teller ground up, ten others will refuse to speak up, at all, for fear of running afoul of the guardians of the lies.
We’re in quite a pickle right now – so many lies have gained so much ground (and cowed or co-opted so many people) that it is a question whether or not truth will prevail ever again in our nation. I don’t believe we’ll have a nation built on lies, of course. A nation which completely disconnects itself from truth will simply destroy itself. If all decisions must be made upon false data, then only wrong decisions will be made – and a long enough series of wrong decisions and a nation is dead. Once dead – and people now made wiser by complete social collapse – a new nation could arise which at least makes a stab at getting to the truth. We may still have enough truth in our nation to emerge from the morass of lies – but it’ll only happen if those who know the truth boldly speak it…and just as boldly call the liars what they are: liars. Fundamentally, we’ll know for certain if we’re still ok if people do boldly tell the truth and they are sustained by the truth-believers. In other words, suppose we get someone with guts who tells the harsh truth and the liars then set out to destroy him or her – well, don’t let that happen. Be demonstrative in supporting the slandered person.
I’m hoping that truth wins out – well, to be accurate, I know that truth will win out…I just want it to win out before this nation I love is destroyed. On the positive side, Obama and the Democrats have been so miserably dishonest that people are starting to get disgusted…we might have a shot next year of finding someone who likes to tell the truth and be able to combine him or her with an electorate which wants to hear same.