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  #18 New March 17th, 2014 07:15 PM
I think real world politicians are too wedded to lying. The universe does not care one whit what you mean, what you say, nor what you intend to accomplish with your actions. If your mental model of reality is not consistent with reality, the actions you take based on that model will not achieved the desired results. I mean DUH!

Lying is a direct result of intelligence. Once you evolve a mind capable of wondering how things can be different, or "what if?", it is an incredibly short hop to telling someone a falsehood, or of believing a falsehood yourself. But it is a dangerous tool to deploy, and, like most weapons, improper use will harm the user.

Free markets are free of force and fraud. Politicians are more than willing to use fraud to garner votes, get things going that they want going, (whether those policies work or even are good ideas) How one bans a politician from lying is something that, whoever comes up with a workable solution should win a Nobel Prize.

Lying politicians in a democracy is a huge problem. But while many nations have "bait and switch" laws on the books, none have such laws applicable to policians. Delusional politicians can be worse, regardless of how they came to power. I was reading a history of the American Civil War and was struck that, after Lee's surrender at Appomattox court house, Jefferson Davis was ordering his remaining generals to continue the fight. Despite the fact the cause was lost and hopeless, that all he was effectively doing was sending men to their hopeless deaths, he wanted to continue the fight for Southern Slavery.

And sadly the whole state's right issue was a smoke screen. Read the secession documents. Each of the states issued what in their minds were "Declarations of Indepedence" from the Union, and their listed reasons for secession. The first reason in South Carolina's Declaration is the fact that the northern states weren't sending the escaped slaves back.

Hitler really thought Russia would be a pushover.

I think since Lemish has the survaillence apparatus it does, it will be easier to catch politicians in lies. I do think that lying politicians are committing treason at least to democratic principles, if not the nation as a whole.
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