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Culture of lies

John Colson’s good article in The Aspen Times on why we lie (“Why lie? Because we can, apparently,” Commentary, May 30, The Aspen Times) and the cartoon on the next page showing Vladimir Putin bowling with Trump’s head for a full strike on democracy were prescient.

Tim Snyder, a professor of history at Yale, wrote a short book called “On Tyranny” in which he details the historic growths of fascism. In Chapter 10, Timothy focused on the use of lying to dissemble a democracy. With fascism, he says, nothing is true. The facts I believe to understand are not important. Only the myth fascism creates for me to believe is important. The myth of one nation that is together and its mystical connection to the leader are the only important mind sets.

Truthlessness paves the way for regime change. If I lie a lot, and then say my critics and investigators of truth are liars, then I have no facts. With no access to facts there is no trust. That degrades law and with no law, resistance is impossible, there is no democracy. Game over.



He suggests we look at the German people under Hitler and the Russian people under Stalin and see what they did right and how their action or inaction led to history. In the 1930s, globalization was challenged allowing a collapse of democracy. So once again, lies lay basis to a new myth that will lead us to a virulent and violent globalization. Call people on lies; make them prove what they say.

John Hoffmann



Carbondale


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