Hello everyone. I’ve been thinking recently about what I’ll call The Art of Deception. Human beings deceive, distort and distract to accomplish their goals, whether selling a product, electing a candidate, or winning popular support for a policy. We even deceive ourselves. Naturally, we accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative in a job interview or when selling a house. At what point does a convenient distortion become a poisonous lie?
I’d like you to read and think about political deception and post your comments accordingly. My hope is that you will be less susceptible to deceit and distortion. We wish to avoid partisan politics – every political party has engaged in deceit. Even so Abraham Lincoln, who spoke the immortal words on the subject, “…you can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
Perhaps it is best to begin with a synopsis of the research of Dr. Glen Newey, who concluded that “…some political deception is not only inevitable in a democracy but can be legitimate where it is conducted by elected politicians in the public interest where they have the tacit support of the electorate.”
Two other readings from opposing standpoints:
For more, search “Politics of Deception”.
Possible questions to ponder:
Where is the line that shouldn’t ethically be crossed in political deception?
Is the public entitled to the whole truth, all the details, all the time?
Can there be a successful, honest politician?
At what point is a mudslinging candidate hurt by her/his own negativity?
Does freedom of speech guarantee freedom to deceive?
What will it take to restore politics to an honorable stature?
I’m excited to hear your thoughts. I feel strongly that this is a critical issue that our society should address.