Secrets and lies

A British blogger wrote that the reason governments have so many secrets is that they tell so many lies.

Every credit has its debit, every positive its negative.  So for every secret there must be a lie, and every lie must be kept secret.

061813ClassifiedThis is the currency of power today.  Fiat truth.

We are not allowed to have any secrets any more.  And yet those who insist they must know the truth about us, who spy upon us to extract our secrets, tell us. in return, only lies.

It is a dangerous, corroding imbalance of power, because lies, like debts, compound.  […]

The private dealings of the ordinary citizen are considered suspect and must, we are told, be rooted out.  The secrets and outright lies of the corporate and governmental worlds, however – they are confidential.  They are protected – behind razor-wire threats of legal action and closed door tribunals of hand picked experts.

via Golem XIV – Thoughts.

Lies, like crimes, compound.  You have to tell more lies to cover up the initial lies.  That’s what brought down President Nixon in the Watergate scandal.

Click on Secrets and Lies for the full post.  Hat tip to naked capitalism.

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