An Empire Of Lies

An Empire Of Lies. By the Z-Man.

An informal metric for measuring the stability of a society is the distance between reality and the official truth of the ruling regime. The more lies the regime tells, the less stable are both it and the society over which it rules. Official lies are a good proxy for the degree of authoritarianism within the regime. The degree of authoritarianism is a good proxy for the level of official insecurity. The more thuggish the regime the less support it enjoys, thus the more it needs to lie to the people.

At the extreme end of this metric is a place like North Korea. The regime is deeply paranoid about everything. The Kim family does not trust anyone in the ruling class and no one in the ruling class trusts anyone, especially Kim. The one thing everyone agrees upon is they cannot trust the people. This is why they get images of the tubby Kim in heroic poses or stories of him making ten holes in one playing golf. The regime feels it needs to present him as a god to intimidate the people.

On the other end of the spectrum, you get a place like Switzerland that barely has a government relative to the rest of Europe. Many Swiss residents do not know who is currently holding the position of president. It is a rotating position currently held by someone calling herself Simonetta Sommaruga. The Swiss government has no need to turn her into a rock star or make wild claims about her. The official truth of Switzerland is easy for everyone to see, so they have no need to lie. …

What about the west, today?

Where would France or Germany fall on the scale? They are closer to Switzerland than Ukraine or the United States, but not so close that anyone in France would say they believe their government. In fact, that is the story of the West since the end of the Cold War.

Every Western nation has moved down the scale of honesty toward the North Korean pole over the last three decades.

Lying has consequences. One lie begets another lie which then requires more elaborate lying to cover up the previous lies. This lowers trust in the state, but it also lowers trust in institutions and eventually lowers social trust. Step one is the lies erode faith in the ruling class of the country. Step two is people lose faith in the institutions for not having punished the liars. The final step is the people who wake up to the official lies lose trust in those who keep falling for the lies.

Example:

You see this with the school shootings. Generations of lying about the nature of crime and the role of guns in these school shootings, have made it impossible to have a civil conversation about the issue.

The bodies were not even cold after the latest school shooting and the usual suspects were out in public telling the all too familiar lies about the causes of these crimes. The only thing that comes from this is normal people grow to hate these liars a little more than they did yesterday.

The current US President is not as skillful at lying as the Clintons or Obama:

Joe Biden has been a promiscuous liar for generations. Now he is an incontinent zombie barely able to read his script. That script is written by the same collection of sociopaths that have infected politics since the Clintons blew into town. Even the sociopaths have lost interest in the production of these ridiculous theaters of mendacity. …

The liars fill the space with lies about the subject so that getting a straight answer is impossible. …

Progressing to gaslighting:

One of the underrated aspects of Orwell’s Animal Farm is how the pigs used deception to create doubt among the animals. It reached the point where the animals could not trust their own memory. The other day, the Washington Post claimed George Floyd was shot by police. How long before school children are taught that he was hanged by the Proud Boys? More important, how many people will tire of correcting the record and this lie becomes official truth?

The truth is that George Floyd killed himself with a fentanyl overdose, as proven by the police bodycam video that was leaked to the Daily Mail three months after his death. In that video Floyd says the fentanyl package in his bum had ruptured and then says “I can’t breathe” (a symptom of fentanyl overdose) eleven (11) times before the cop knelt on his neck. But hardly anyone remembers that anymore, or at least are too fearful to say it in public.

The official lies are not just about keeping the public confused. It also serves to keep the managerial class huddled together. …

Amazingly, the people who shower the public with disinformation, the official lies, claim to be fighting against disinformation, …

In the final years of the Soviet Union, the general public no longer believed anything said by their government. The people in government were every bit as cynical about the official truths, but they were paid to lie so they lied. What held it together is both sides were sure the other side believed the lies, at least enough of them that the rest dared not question the lies. The collapse came when everyone realized that no one believed what they were forced to say or forced to hear. …

A regime built on lies always ends in collapse.

We have been politely calling them leftist or politically correct “fantasies,” but of course they are really lies. The avalanche of lies has eroded trust, first in our ruling class and then our institutions, first in the US and then throughout the west. Our high-trust, non-corrupt, high functioning days are behind us.

The major reason for this blog was to sort through and correct this rising tide of lies. But each year the task gets harder as the lies get more numerous and there are fewer people and institutions able or willing to counter them.