That's the point. It's a mode of dominance in autocracy.Bisbee wrote: Thu Sep 14, 2023 6:37 am That is just the craziest text! Everyone in the know… actually knew! And they did nothing!!!
Mitch is amoral enough to gauge whether his side can win by cheating, or whether it will cost them, and victory by any means is his ONLY principle.Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote:“We know that they are lying, they know that they are lying, they even know that we know they are lying, we also know that they know we know they are lying too, they of course know that we certainly know they know we know they are lying too as well, but they are still lying. In our country, the lie has become not just moral category, but the pillar industry of this country.
When a significant proportion of the population is taught from birth that there is only one source of truth, and that source is the church that their parents bore them into, it is hard to deprogram them with facts, evidence, logic or reason.sig230 wrote: You need to truly understand "Alternate Facts" and SOURCE over content.
For a frighteningly large percentage of the voting public truth and factuality are determined by the SOURCE rather than any evidence.
Trump understands that. Ken Paxton understands that. Desantis understands that. MJT understands that. Tubberville understands that.
One of the more interesting takes I have seen on becoming a "successful" autocrat is that no matter how self-serving they are, they succeed because they portray themselves as servants of a higher good shared by those they rule. They may be theocrats, they may be monarchs, they may be demagogues - but they claim to serve the same god, same nation, or same movement as their followers. Sacrifices for the leader are acceptable as they serve the higher purpose.
Purely mercantile oligarchs don't engender the same loyalty because nobody wants to serve somebody else's greed. That's why the scam is necessary.
Closing the circle -CDFingers wrote: Facts are, however, stubborn things.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote:“The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world.”