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Governments Lie by Necessity When They Can't Solve Problems

Posted 10-11-2021 at 06:37 AM by jbgusa
Updated 10-12-2021 at 06:40 AM by jbgusa

Posted at U.S. Governments Have Always Lied; At Least from 20th Century On
Originally Posted by Yelling_at_Birds View Post
It is 2021. After living through the last two years, I assume that all governments and corporations are lying 100% about everything unless proven otherwise. My trust in these things has been completely obliterated which will now follow me all the way to the grave.
That is quite profound and quite true but I suspect it has been true for longer than the past two years. Certainly since the turn of the last century, governments have been expected to be all things to all people (this is the makings of a new thread). People of at best average intelligence and without corruption on a limited payroll are expected to solve essentially insoluble problems. Or the problems are soluble with a huge expenditure of money and/or blood. Examples:
  1. Spanish Flu (essentially insoluble, at least without disrupting WW I effort. Ended eventually by herd immunity at horrible cost);
  2. Great Depression (not soluble in relevant times, financial issues from WW I were working their way through the economies);
  3. Rise of Communism (fall of monarchies left a vacuum in countries not accustomed to any but dictatorial rule, and Communist system appeared to be and in fact was inherently greedy to gobble territories and people);
  4. Rise of Nazis and Fascism (same as rise of Communism, also insoluble without huge expenditure of lives and money, solved when issue forced by Germany and Japan);
  5. Post-World War II rise of Communism (immensely frightening, real action no possible because of perceived risk of annihilation, instead government lies lead to theatrical anti-Communist efforts, and theater wars such as Vietnam and Korea that costs lives with little result);
  6. Rise of militant Islam (arose from vacuum created by "de-colonization") of Africa and Asia. instead government lies lead to theatrical a"security" efforts, and theater wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan that costs lives with little result);
  7. The "climate crisis" (no matter the rhetoric, we are hopefully not going to plunge, lemming-like, into massive reductions in emissions for the joy of watching China and India replace those because they obviously won't self-abnegate for the "good of the world
  8. H1N1 - Similar to Spanish Flu, government decides to ignore it with mostly salutary results; and
  9. Covid 19 - Wasteful and tragic shutdown of societies worldwide, lots of public health theater, and now a reopening. Herd immunity of various forms may be ultimate solution as it was with Spanish Flu.
The bottom line is that governments are expected to solve all of these problems. Governments have limited resources with which to do that. People living under constitutional government are unwilling to sacrifice their children to warfare to solve the problems emanating from overseas. How many people who believe that the Wuhan lab accidentally or deliberately triggered Covid would be willing to go off to fight? An example of this kind of unreasoned panic that results when government offers no solutions; The Infamous "War of the Worlds" Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke.

So what is a President or government to do to avoid hysteria? Lie of course.
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