Why Trump's Staff Is Lying

A great analysis by Tyler Cowen on Bloomberg. I could quote multiple paragraphs, but it essentially comes down to these reasons:

  1. Most people (read: citizens) won’t fact check.
  2. It’s a loyalty test to create a power structure. If your subordinates won’t repeat your lies/beliefs, they can’t be trusted. When they do, though, it reinforces their dependence on their leader.

Both make sense, given Trump’s expertise in exploiting the media for promotion and attention, as well as his fragile self-esteem and need for full loyalty.

Combine all of that with a media that has covered and broadcasted Trump and his campaign ‘live’ for much of the last year. When news is always “breaking” and reported first to get clicks, it leaves less room for fact checking and critique. The damage happens once the initial news is out there.

Unfortunately for America, this set up is a dangerous mix that will threaten everything we hold dear and the future of our democracy. And, in a worst case, lead to fascism.

(hat tip to Kottke)

Every day, less like America -> Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest | The Guardian

Our Soundtrack

Despite being written in 1988, right at the end of the Reagan era, these lyrics still do a good job of describing our modern society. Not much has changed.

[quote align=”center” name=”Fugazi – Provisional”]
Somewhere in these private minds,
The last one comes just in time to
clear out the chambers and sew up the lips,
‘Cause that’s the price to pay for hoping every slips not a slide.

In other words not to get it wrong,
It’s pointless to walk when it’s past time to run.
Secured under the weight of watchful eyes,
Lulled to sleep under clear expansive skies.

Somewhere in these prying hearts
Conflicting histories tear us apart
And we hope we don’t get what we deserve,
Hide behind the targets in front of all the people we serve.