April 10, 2006

All good liberals know at least part of the Goebbel's "big lie" quote. I read it again today...and was reminded that, despite the vague & limited way it's usually employed these days to critique only one half of the two-party system, it's really a commentary on State power itself.

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

Lucky for the State, none of the cool kids believe in truth, huh?

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