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Is political lying always wrong?


We live in a culture of lying. We lie, at some level, to about one-third of the people we meet every day, especially those we are trying to impress. We normally think of lies as being words that deliberately conceal the truth; but what about unspoken lies lurking in our tone of voices—warm when we feel cool, and facial expressions—smiling when we feel hostile?

In politics, the situation is a little more complicated. We claim to demand honesty and integrity from our politicians, though we are frequently disappointed. But there are occasions when it looks as if we actually want to be lied to—and politicians who sense this are no doubt happy to oblige.


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