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Ruthless Truthlessness

Posted by Michael Dolan on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized |

American political candidates now recognize voters no longer even expect a minimum of fact and have moved on to communicating with other tools.

Telling the truth is merely one of many communication approaches available today to American political candidates.  Distrust among the electorate is now so great it’s often too much trouble for too little gain to stick to facts.

This idea comes from Jason Stanley, author and professor of philosophy at Rutgers University.  He argues for it at length with some confusion on a New Times blog.

While offering several examples of truthlessness, he does not clearly explain what candidates are going after when they make things.  Or why they consider ridiculous exaggeration effective.  Or why it is effective.

These now frequent reports about candidate lying would seem more credible to me if they contained evidence from more than the Republican Party.

Judge for yourself:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/speech-lies-and-apathy/?hp

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