The ignoble lie

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June 5, 2011
The American Conservative
by John Payne  
Posted in Commentary

"In The Republic, Plato famously advanced the idea of 'the noble lie,' a myth that political leaders consciously propagate to keep social order. That’s a disturbing thought, but the noble lie seems to be mercifully rare. Unfortunately, the ignoble lie -- a myth propagated by a politician for no greater good save his constant reelection -- is common as the cold. ... the idea of a drug free America is the king of ignoble lies." (06/03/11)  


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