Noble Lie – immorality in the US government

I ran accross this quote last night in a book I was reading regarding the immorality in a noble lie. In this case it is the lie the Government sales us in regard to the dangers we face from things like drugs or terrorism used to justifying our ongoing wars and liberty infringing legislation.

From “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul:

Hermann Goering, second in charge to Hitler, had an even more cynical understanding of how to use lying and patriotism. Goering said from his prison cell in Nuemburg in 1964, as recorded by G.M. Gilbert in his Nuremberg Diary:

“Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it’s always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a communist dictatorship…that is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifist for lack of patriotism and expose the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.”

Does that tactic sound familiar to anyone else residing in the U.S.?  Do we justify a noble lie sold to us by the elites of the country if they believe it is “best for the people and the country”?  Or should the people decide for themselves?  I believe the anser is the latter.

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4 thoughts on “Noble Lie – immorality in the US government

  1. jon

    Boy, that rings true. And a lot of people seem to want to be manipulated – to thump their chests in patriotic fervor, like war is a sports event where you shout loudly for your team. It must be something inside us (that governments well know how to take advantage of).

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    1. Atticus Finch Post author

      It’s something in the culture too, I guess. People are admired for being in the military – the military is seen as a career move and a respected one.

      I’m not saying I do not respect the people who serve in the armed forced, but I think society needs to take a good hard look at what they are praising and people need to think hard about what they are signing up for.

      Being in the military and supporting those who make that choice, in this country, means supporting the war – even if there are a lot of incentives to do so. The government promotes it, but it’s up to the individual to understand what they are advocating.

      Unless we were attacked I’m not sure I could justify joining the military to help the US Government police the world and further expand the empire…

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