Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Devil's First Law...

... of Stupid Populations and Mendacious Governments.
If you repeat a lie a hundred times it is still a lie, but more people will believe it.

I just thought it was quite neat, and true.

4 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Every society there has ever been has therefore been built upon a lie.
Yea, I like it.

verity said...

"Man-made global warming" comes to mind.

JuliaM said...

Well, it seems to work pretty well for the '9/11 Truther' crowd...

I suspect that if Einstein were to return from the grave, sit them down, explain very patiently about the temperatures at which steel loses its sctructural integrity, etc, they'd still think to themselves "Where did Bush get this Einstein lookalike..?!"

anthonynorth said...

'"Man-made global warming" comes to mind.'

Technically, this is a scientific concept. If you place a socio-political interpretation upon it, such as 'collectivism', then that would be a lie. Place a more reasonable interpretation such as the possibility of a better form of capitalism, then it may only be a teeny weeny white lie.
As a scientific concept you'd have to compare it to Big Bang, evolution through natural selection, the subatomic particle, Newtonian gravitation, the behavioural gene.
All possibly a lie if seen as absolute truths - certainly incomplete, possibly blind alleys - but all involving probability of accuracy.