When We Can No Longer Tell the Truth…

When we can no longer tell the truth because the truth will bring the whole rotten, fragile status quo down in a heap of broken promises and lies, we’ve reached the perfection of dysfunction.

You know the one essential guideline to “leadership” in a doomed dysfunctional system: when it gets serious, you have to lie. In other words, the status quo’s secular goddess is TINA–there is no alternative to lying, because the truth will bring the whole corrupt structure tumbling down.

This core dynamic of dysfunction is scale-invariant, meaning that hiding the truth is the core dynamic in dysfunctional relationships, households, communities, enterprises, cities, corporations, states, alliances, nations and empires: when the truth cannot be told because it threatens the power structure of the status quo, that status quo is doomed.

Lies, half-truths and cover-ups are all manifestations of fatal weakness. What lies, half-truths and cover-ups communicate is: we can no longer fix our real problems, and rather than let this truth out, we must mask it behind lies and phony reassurances.

Truth is power, lies are weakness. All we get now are lies, statistics designed to mislead and phony reassurances that the status quo is stable and permanent. The truth is powerful because it is the core dynamic of solving problems. Lies, gamed statistics and false reassurances are fatal because they doom any sincere efforts to fix what’s broken before the system reaches the point of no return.

We are already past the point of no return. The expediency of lies has already doomed us.

Honest accounts of hugely successful corporations that implode share one key trait: in every case, managers were pressured to hide the truth from top management, which then hid the truth from investors and clients.

This is the key dynamic in failed oligarchies as well: if telling the truth gets you sent to Siberia (or worse), then nobody with any instinct for self-perservation will tell the truth.

If obscuring the truth saves one’s job, then that’s what people do. That this dooms the organization is secondary to immediate self-preservation.

A distorted sense of loyalty to the family, community, company, institution, agency or nation furthers lying as the “solution” to unsavory problems. Daddy a drunk? Hide the bottle. Church a hotbed of adultery and thieving? Maintain the facade of holiness at all costs. Company products are failing? Put some lipstick on the pig. The statistical truth doesn’t support the party’s happy story? Distort the stats until they “do what’s needed.” The agency failed to fulfill its prime directive? Blame the managerial failure on a scapegoat.

Pathological liars and cheats rely on self-preservation and misplaced loyalty to mask their own failure and corruption. A hint here, a comment there, and voila, a culture of lying is created and incentivized.

Obscuring the truth is the ultimate short-term expediency.Now that it’s serious, we have to lie.We’ll start telling the truth later, after everything’s stabilized.

But lying insures nothing can ever be truly stabilized, so there will never be a point at which the system is strong enough and stable enough to survive the truth.

We are now an empire of lies. The status quo–politically, socially and economically- depends on lies, half-truths, scapegoats and cover-ups for its very survival. Any truth that escapes the prison of lies endangers the entire rotten edifice.

In an empire of lies, “leaders” say what people want to hear. This wins the support of the masses, who would rather hear false reassurances that require no sacrifices, no difficult trade-offs, no hard choices, no discipline.

The empire of lies is doomed. Lies are weakness, and they prohibit any real solutions. Truth is power, but we can no longer tolerate the truth because it frightens us. Our weakness is systemic and fatal.


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  • NOS

    “All we get now are lies, statistics designed to mislead and phony reassurances that the status quo is stable and permanent”……

    The most obvious example is unemployment figures.

    Imagine for one moment that a country has a population of 325million people of whom 227million are between 18 to 64 years old.

    Then, the government brags that the unemployment rate is 4%. You’ll believe that the oligarchs are saying that only 4*227/100 = 9 million are unemployed right!!

    What they don’t tell you is that 4% is based on an economic participation rate of 62% meaning that the number of unemployed is in fact (100-62)*227/100 + 0.04 * 0.62 * 227 = 86 + 5.6 = 92 million unemployed.

    Unless a country has reached a point of no return in its self inflected destruction, how in the hell can a government hides the fact that 92million of its citizens have no jobs and are Not been accounted?

    This is weird to me and I am surprised that there is no revolution in sight.

    Welcome to hell on Planet Earth. Maybe the permanently forgotten “deplorables” should find refuge on Planet Mars by tele-deporting themselves.

  • Zartan

    Yes, and it all makes a mockery of the Commandment, do not lie: How much more can the old man put up with? I guess it is all at our expense so why should he care?

  • ICFubar

    Now here was a truthful article. However, there is a reason the top most inner sanctum leadership [sic] of society have engaged in mass lying and manipulation and it has everything to do with hiding the truth from the honest hard working populous that supports the whole financialized capitalist system. And that reason is that these apex elites have an agenda that the populous would rebel against in an instant should they know the truth on where they are being led. The sovereignty of nation states and their peoples is to be financially destroyed, reduced to provinces, governed by unelected boards of corporate and financial directorships under a supreme polit bureau of dominant bankers. The top of the heap of nations is the US of A – LLC and its democracy loving citizenry, slated for incremental adjustments to bring all into line with this One World Order. This international plutocracy is destroying the world reserve currency it bequeathed the USA as a means to this end while its massive military might and supporting corporate pillars will remain for use against any resistance under a new name and mandate. And if the Fed Reserve Note goes away for domestic use by Americans this plutocracy will simply institute a new currency to describe the new OWO paradigm. Only this time around this new currency will be in the controlling hands of the dominant bankers and not in the hands of the venal political leaders of former nation states, to be reduced to mere provinces in the future OWO, with all the inherent agenda it encompasses. Now do we understand all the reasons for all this lying, cheating, violence and theft as a means to an feudalistic fascist ending?

    • Jed Grover

      Spot on based on my research. The trend is there but few see or acknowledge it. It is criminal.

      • ICFubar

        Jed, I always question myself if I am correct in this thesis as I see so few others connecting the dots on the many fronts the OWO is operating on. We see the MIC and its attendant military under the control of the money trust, the world spanning DHS-CIA nexus and rebirth of the Phoenix Program to deal with dissent, the financialization of everything earmarked for economic destruction and post collapse control, people and population control under various plannings with Agenda 2030 at the fore, all trade falling under the financial-corporate nexus control with WTO sanctioned “free trade agreements and a myriad of other fronts, the biggest being the debt money-credit creation scam as the original source of all, and very few are seeing the big picture….Peter Koenig being one of the few. I appreciate your comment as often I feel like what gives, am I wrong, why cannot anyone else see what is taking place!

        • Jed Grover

          I recently posted on another site. The only answer can think of is that they prefer to stay in their safe haven of notorious denial.

          “The elite class chose prearranged neoliberalism long ago not only for America but also for the rest of the planet. A few wise nations who remain non compliant or defiant get labeled as the enemy costing the tax payers when the MIC overthrows these governments. Syria the most recent example fell into this category as our capitalists like Genie Oil exploit in the Golan Heights region. These expensive tax payer funded conflicts disguised as Wars are not about threats they are all about neoliberalism. Assad was no dictator he simply didn’t go along with the plan.

          Monopolies and oligarchy contradict the free market system. The paid politicians many who were capitalist/bankers deliberately drove the national debt up to the point that we have no other choice than to go bankrupt or to privatize. This happened to many of the regions that we meddled in. Put them in debt and make em pay. The international banking scheme carved out this plan long ago by linking nations under BIS, World Bank and IMF. We have been funding this legalized theft through a complex manipulative arrangement similar to how the Powell Manifesto initiated the collusion of major sectors of our society without a real voice in the process. Absent voices and no representation are no indicators of democracy. Wolin described it best as Inverted Totalitarianism. Its easy money for the master cons close to mafia style.”

          I found this interesting read in the last day or so so maybe truth is slowly busting through a flawed seam. Depending on your depth of history there’s been aspirations of world control in the plan for a few centuries now. I made a commitment to die knowing truth to the best of my ability and not a lie. All we can do is sow seeds and hope some take root/sprout. Hang tough my friend and let go of what we don’t control. I do feel and can relate with the frustration. Big picture thinking is not all the common I suppose.

          • ICFubar

            Jed, I just read the Hidden History article a day or so ago but without reading the book and qualifying its footnotes I have no way of judging its accuracy. What I do know is that the main selections on the causation of WW I, The Guns of August and the Sleepwalkers fail to mention much if anything of the financial-corporate interests of those times but instead concentrate on the political front men conducting the business of running Empire but not in who’s interests, which I think leaves a very large hole in any thesis on the causes.

            Totally agree with your assessment in your reply especially the frustration in trying to alert others who simply often just do not want to know or others who are incapable of understanding the larger picture and the over arching financial control of the situation and the few who direct those omnipotent financial powers.

            I’ll link to John Titus’ “All the Plenary’s Men” at his ‘Best Evidence” (legal meaning being ‘original documents’) site in case you have not viewed that doc yet

          • Jed Grover

            Public banking. Nothing is impossible.

          • ICFubar

            Public banking is an excellent first step putting the power of fractional reserve banking into the hands of the public and reducing the need to have to rely solely on the commercial banking entities. Direct public control of a nation’s banking authority should be the ultimate goal and the issuance of at least some proportional percentage of debt free to bankers debt based money seems a solution all could live with. If not then the ‘banker’s system’, (of government bonds to rent the use of its own money and other debt producing products), would have to be totally dismantled as a threat to a people’s permanent supply of money in the economy, which is not the case currently.

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  • Diogenes Shrugged

    The mainstream media have cultivated a fantasy view of reality in the public mind for over a half-century. The worldview thus created remains firmly entrenched in the minds of those who continue to regard the mainstream media to be credible. Far too large a percentage of the public still think Kennedy was shot by Oswald, that Bin Laden collapsed World Trade Center towers 1 & 2, and that all the staged bombings and shootings in the U.S., Britain and France were real. They still don’t know about WTC-7, nor do they even begin to appreciate the scope and depravity of the organ trafficking, human slavery, and torture of children by pedophiles, who by the way, run the world.

    People have a choice. To save all the things we used to hold dear in this country, and to save the future victims of the monsters who rule us, everybody needs to turn off their television sets and begin exploring the independent media online.

    On the other hand, to permanently lose everything that ever made this country great, keep immersing yourselves in the psychotic fictional world of mainstream media.

    It really is just that plain and simple.

  • diogenes

    A still more dangerous stage is reached when the liars don’t know they’re lying, which leads to to terminal state when it becomes increasingly difficult to tell the difference. Most of the economic comments and “statistics” published by this author fall into this category.

  • Taras77

    This statement nails it:
    “You know the one essential guideline to “leadership” in a doomed dysfunctional system: when it gets serious, you have to lie.”

    Agree with ICFUBAR and JED: very truthful article.