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March 6, 2006

Quotes

-- by Dave Johnson

For SOME reason I'm starting to study up on con-man techniques. I came across this page of quotes, incuding:

"The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most are those who try to tell them the truth." (H.l, Mencken)

"Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves." (Eric Hoffer)

"Tain't what a man don't know that hurts him; it's what he knows that just ain't so." (Frank Hubbard)

"Be wary of a man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk." (Joaquin Setanti)

"Truth is whatever a con artist can lead you to believe at any given moment in time." (Dennis M. Marlock)

"The great masses of the people...will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." (Adolf Hitler)

"We do not err because truth is difficult to see. It is visible at a glance. We err because this is more comfortable." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Posted by Dave Johnson at March 6, 2006 1:29 PM

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"Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves."

Indeed. The most important part of any propaganda campaign is to tell the people what they *WANT* to believe -- usually the lies that result in the easiest excuse for the predicament of themselves and their nation. For example, the problems of Germany in the 1930's weren't because of poor decisions by the German people and misgovernment by their elected officials. No! It was all those filthy JEWS fault! And the problems of America today? Nothing to do with corrupt government, apathetic uneducated public, etc. No, it's all those filthy LIBERALS fault!

Alrighty, then!

- Badtux the Snarky Penguin

Posted by: BadTux at March 10, 2006 1:41 PM

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