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Jannat Amarnani Assignment No.2 Matt Cunningham Writing 140 Section No.64405 The Politics of Deception Lying is something all people do intuitively, whether it is a small white lie children tell their parents, or large scale deceptions politicians use to the citizens of a country. We have been socially and morally programmed that lying is always unethical and that ‘honesty is the best policy’ but despite this, lying still occurs frequently. Writer Allison Kornet agrees with this as she states in her article ‘The Truth about Lying’ “Although we're socialized from the time we can speak to believe that it's always better to tell the truth, in reality society often encourages and even rewards deception.” Usually people’s intent of lying is very selfish, but there could be some moments where people actually lie in order to protect the people they care about. In small white lies, someone might lie to their friend in order to protect them for getting their feelings hurt. Governments have the responsibility of a lot of people, so when governments lie to the population, the reason is usually to benefit their country and the people living in it. The difference between a small white lie and a major deception told to a whole country is incomparable. This goes back to the philosophy of utilitarianism where we are supposed to make decisions based on providing the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest number of people. If a politician deceives his people, and the consequences of that lie 1
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lead to death and destruction, no matter what his intent is it will make a large number of people unhappy, which causes his lie not to be validated. However, if the consequences of a deception are positive and more people benefit from it than are harmed, then no matter what the liar’s intent is, the lie is validated. This shows us that the consequences of the lie play a more important role than the intent. When evaluating whether a lie is validated or not, the consequences are looked at before judging the intent. Even though the intent of deception might be to benefit people, the lie can not be validated if the consequences lead to more people being hurt and harmed by the lie than people who profited from it. The more common situation that takes place with politicians is that their intent of lying is to benefit either themselves or the citizens of the country. However, the consequences of this deception are usually drastic, especially when the politician or president lies to the country about invading or attacking another country. This has happened in the past with Hitler, American president Frank Roosevelt (FDR) and McKinley. Any government that desires to initiate a war usually deceives their citizens to create the impression that support for the war is the only possible choice they can make. This leads us to the central example that will be analyzed in this essay of George Bush’s
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