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.