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How should we justify an increased use of deception in high-level business and political affairs?
  One perspective on an.ethical issue:  

An opposing perspective on the same ethical issue:
Savvy people learn how to bluff and  
Technology, education and other vital a-
play poker with other peoples' lives    
reas must err towards honesty to advance
People who are gullible enough to fall  
Lies are hard to retract, and become very
for lies get what they deserve  
dangerous as they build on each other
People show their superiority by get-  
People show superiority by holding to
  ting others to swallow their lies    
a code of truth, honor, and integrity

Sample argument: Everyday life is governed by the use of various forms of intrigue and deception. As examples, white lies are told out of politeness. People hide failures to embellish their resumes. Companies must withhold trade secrets, and advertisers must make their clients look good. Emotionally mature people learn to never disclose any more about themselves than is absolutely necessary. Life is a poker game were real "players" routinely bluff and never tip their hand. In fact, it is a sign of intellectual superiority and worldly sophistication to devise clever intrigues that condition others to perpetually accept ones lies. This is often necessary because many people are immature or have bad instincts and simply cannot be trusted to make good use of the truth. People who fall for lies usually get what they deserve anyway. In order to avoid ruffling too many feathers in a complex society, dissimilation provides a necessary cushion. Real leaders must embrace lying and manipulation as a way of life.
. . .

Sample argument: In the long run, in order for a complex, interdependent, modern society to advance, it must err on the side of too much openness and honesty. A major problem with telling lies is that they are often hard to retract by the liars. When the public opinion-molding elite can get away with repeated big lies, this can create a very dangerous situation where so many lies start to get built on top of other lies that over time the society becomes seriously decoupled from reality. Then it may become more easily manipulated by malevolent interests and tyrants. Certain vital institutions involving scientific research, parliamentary debate, law enforcement, and a free press require unconditional commitments to honesty, openness, and integrity at all times to remain viable. Beyond a certain point, compromise on honesty does not mean a more sophisticated society, but rather a seriously decadent social order that may even be at war with itself. Because lying involves theft of the truth, and theft is inherently hostile, too much lying means too much war within society.


The first argument on the left regarding this ethical issue is closer to the criminal side of the mutualism vs. parasitism duality. Conversely the argument to the right is closer to a "mutualist" philosophy. In my mutualism vs parasitism article, I explain the characteristics of each side of the duality as they apply to the common citizen:

Productive Citizen
("republican virtue")

Parasite "Citizen"
(de facto "enemy alien")
Provides value for value received. Economic activity provides net benefit for not only self and but society as a whole   Monopolizes economic and political power for self, steals opportunities and resources from others while giving relatively little in return, leaving the overall society poorer
Supports rational behavior required for technological progress   Encourages irrational, superstitious, or greedy behavior
Resists enemies   Aids enemies who seek to ruthlessly exploit or maliciously destroy society
Activities can survive honest disclosure and rational explanation and maintain standing in community. Promotes honesty and full material disclosure with others.   When honestly disclosed or fully explained, their activities consistently earn them universal contempt and hatred. They feel they must habitually engage in deception to survive.
Capable of self-restrained, far-sighted, socially conscious behavior   Characterized by extreme pettiness that always places selfish interests above broader long term interests of society
Rewards and incentivizes productive people   Cheats productive people and consistently shifts resources to nonproductive people
Supports motherhood, family, and other institutions required for long term genetic, cultural, and ethnic survival   Thwarts motherhood, disrupts and destroys family, undermine genetic interests, fosters dysgenic decay, turns basic moral values of society on their head. Promotes homosexuality over heterosexuality.
Honors agreements, creates a stable framework for incubation of entrepreneurial enterprises with a real value proposition   Frequently breaks agreements, regardless of costs to other parties, in order to create own short term gains. Habitually strings people along, creates false expectations, and creates massive wastage and dislocations

Again, as I observed in my commentary to the last ethics-related question, it is not case that the statement portrayed on the left side of question six is "wrong." Indeed, for certain situations, there is truth in most of the observations contained within it. However, it is more the case that these things need to be the exception to the rule rather than the rule itself in order for society to survive and prosper. The "rule" must remain focused upon maintaining high standards of honesty and fair play.

Opposing perspective on the same ethical issue (to the right):

In regard to the first two bullet points, namely that "Technology, education and other vital areas must err towards honesty to advance" and " Lies are hard to retract, and become very dangerous as they build on each other," we might first consider that lying constitutes theft of the truth, and that thievery even on a purely informational level is inherently hostile because it deprives people of the ability to make informed decisions to shape their own destiny. In his lectures on the history classical liberalism, Dr. Ralph Raico has observed that historically many Asian societies lagged far behind the West because would-be entrepreneurs were always scared that the moment they got something good going for themselves, some despot over them would try to steal it away from them. Therefore, among a larger proportion of people in those societies, the focus was more on hiding whatever wealth they had from their rulers rather than employing their wealth to create more wealth.

In his book The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, the American old right writer Henry L. Mencken describes Nietzsche's observation that over time religions tend to become very distorted. This is because people often invent seemingly harmless "white lies" to reduce social friction. However, over time, as white lies get built upon other white lies from one generation to the next, all of this can snow ball to the point that big lies go politely unchallenged. Worse yet, people have become so conditioned to accept these lies as reality that they become very detached from reality. This can result in very serious unintended consequences for society, despite the fact that all along various individuals thought that they were only promulgating harmless little white lies in an insignificant incremental manner.

In highly distorted societies, people who think that they are acting as responsible conservatives by attacking free thinkers who challenge the status quo may in fact be defending accumulated snowballs of big lies. They may in fact be aiding and abetting liars and the real enemies of their society. At this point it becomes all the more vital for society to respect individuals who have the courage to try to speak the straight truth. Conversely, a dependent subculture such as the Jewish culture that values deception can promote terrible cancers of snowballing lies.

Needless to say, I think that both the books and articles archives of the featured authors at America First Books such as Michael Collins Piper, Col Donn de Grand Pre, and Tom Chittum do an excellent job of shaking the status quo cage in places where it desperately needs to be shook. Conversely, we need to continuously remain on guard against the enemies of free speech who threaten to censor the Internet. We must vigorously oppose these enemies on a continuing bases, because they always keep coming back again and again with new schemes to take away our freedoms. As Col Grand Pre observes in the Forward to Viper's Venom, a major culprit is the Jewish ADL. I have archived numerous articles by Rev Ted Pike because I am impressed with his activist work in this vital area.

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