The Big Lie
The Big Lie by Eric’s Rants – Left Math Prof
Hitler actually explained his strategy of The Big Lie, in his book Mein Kampf — though he claimed to be describing the Jews’ behavior, not his own. He wrote,
All this was inspired by the principle— which is quite true in itself — that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.
J. Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI for 48 years, said something similar when he alleged that communists were plotting against democracy. Hoover said
Yet the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.
Some monstrous conspiracies must exist, even today. Indeed, though we may be reluctant to admit it, Hitler was your cousin and mine, not some different species. What he did, at least a few other people will try to do.
If our government were lying to us, would you know it? How would you know it? Are you sure that you are seeing things as they really are? When two groups of people are saying to each other
“You lie!” “No, you lie!”
can you tell which one is lying? Maybe it’s both of them.
As a retired professor of mathematics, and the author of a textbook on mathematical logic, I can authoritatively tell you the answer to that: In general, there is no simple and systematic way to tell which is lying. Even if a person contradicts himself, it might be a small and accidental thing, perhaps an accidental mistake, over some minor matter; that is no proof that his overall argument is an intended deceit. You’ll just have to form an opinion, based on whatever evidence you’re aware of, on a case-by-case basis. And keep in mind that we all have different trusted sources for what we believe to be facts, and trust — like friendship — cannot be won through debate.
Our government has lied to us. By now, some of the older lies have been exposed so widely that anyone who studies history at all knows them to be lies. For instance:
- Truman lied when he claimed that he nuked Japan to save lives. He actually destroyed far more lives than he saved. His real reason was to demonstrate his new weapon to Stalin.
- Lyndon Johnson’s “Gulf of Tonkin Incident,” justifying the Vietnam War, never actually happened.
- And Weapons of Mass Destruction were never found in Iraq. That wasn’t simply a mistake — Donald Rumsfeld said he knew where they were, so that must have been lie.
Yet none of these people was ever prosecuted for war crimes.
And those are just some of the better known lies. In fact our government has lied to us, over and over and over.
Life goes on, and “business as usual” continues, and the corporate (“mainstream”) media don’t make any fuss about those past lies. This normalization gives many people the feeling that those were ancient times, that somehow the lying has faded away, that now we live in a different kind of world where such things would never happen again.