Lies All The Way Down

Samuel Johnson’s words in the Idler, betwixt 1758 and 1760, still hold; Truth is still the first casualty of war – or of politics, that ritualized form of overt warfare; the institutionalization of organized and sanctioned violence between and against members of a polity, rather than between separate political organizations.

When a politician declares a “war on X” for any X,¬† deceit has already been the first and most celebrated recruit. It is the superpower of politicians.

Time and again, our “news” organs relay the lies of politicians, thinking that a retraction in the back pages, some long while later, provides appropriate “balance.”

“We were misled,” they say. But they return willingly to the same well.

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