“Trump didn’t believe his election lies,” went a headline at the respectable news and commentary site Slate.com.
I was arrested by this statement of the obvious.
Politics is a strategy game, like war or litigation: The truth gets spoken only if it’s useful... Millions of voters see politics as nonstop mendacity (emphasis added).
In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and nothing was true… The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness (emphasis added).