The Big Lie

From a German book published in 1925:

All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.

It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

Rafe Mair says Gordon Campbell not only used the ‘Big Lie’ technique, he has been much aided by a tame if not captive media.

It’s important to note this, for one can fool the public either by dealing with the issues thoroughly or not at all. The BC mainstream media has chosen the latter method and it’s worked magnificently for Campbell.

British Columbia’s mainstream media used and use the latter technique with respect to the dishonest sale of BC Rail, the efforts of Victoria developers to corrupt processes of the Agricultural Land Commission and the related trials of Basi and Virk. They use this technique as well respecting the production of northeast gas with hydraulic fracturing to which the province has dedicated vast resources of fresh water without appropriate economic return.

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  1. Hi Norm,
    I read the article by Rafe this morning and along with some of your recent comments about the media and other bloggers as well, a thought came to me. I was wondering Norm, that once an individual has adopted a certain belief and in the case of some of our so-called BC journalist, it's almost like it would be embarrassing to start changing your tune. Then there's the reality that all these friends you made (political) would start ignoring you and you would be left with nothing to write about. And finally Norm, whether people believe it or not, your beliefs (political stand) can always get you (CKNW & CBC) a nice, well paid, great benefits, position with the government.

    Guy in Victoria


  2. On somewhat related note, Vaughn Plamer's column today, “NDP trio sour on private sector, but say job creation top priority,” is grossly misleading.

    The substance of the article is about the NDP's opposition to privatization – not the private sector as whole. It also suggests the NDP don't realize that the private sector creates jobs which is also absolute rubbish.

    There is no contradiction as implied by the headline. Government is just as capable of creating jobs in these sectors (health, etc) as the private sector.

    The headline should have been “NDP sour on privatization….” a far less inflammatory headline, imo.


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