And actually THINKING of what was said.
Of course some on here will just pooh pooh it as "fake news" and follow the leader even with all the lies.
One could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.
Or as Arendt told a French interviewer in 1974:
The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie — a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days — but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.
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As Lindeman noted abut his efforts to re-educate the German populace after the war,* the youth and children can be redeemed but not most of the adults.
*a pretty admirable society resulted, although that is the reason why our authoritarians hate them and prefer Russia, Turkey, The Phillipines.
They're not too hot on you folks either.
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If you like your policy you can keep your policy. Period. Man is melting the globe. Bruce Jenner is a girl. Russia. Russia. Russia.
After so long no one believes there is a wolf.