Saturday, February 23, 2013

Dana Radcliffe: The Cost of Deceptive Politics

Dana Radcliffe: The Cost of Deceptive Politics

At the heart of our ad-saturated democratic process is a moral paradox. Politicians raise and spend billions of dollars to convince us to trust them with the responsibility of governing us. But (as I argued in an earlier post) the fevered competition for votes virtually compels them to lie to us. Because lying inevitably undermines trust, including citizens' trust in their leaders and in government generally, we have cause to worry about the increasing dishonesty of political campaigns. For leaders distrusted by their constituents cannot hope to unify them behind efforts to tackle the urgent problems afflicting our communities, states, and nation.
As this year's elections proved, when today's consultant-driven campaigns fixate on the likely "effectiveness" of their messages, accuracy is a secondary concern.

Iv agents for right wing politicians can become deceptive with the competition, those that don't produce results for the V backers lose out in a Gresham's Law dynamic. The same occurs on the left B deceptive people in the Bi party hide behind the team strength and also use misinformation. So there is an Iv-B disconnect of competing deceptions to win votes along with a V-Bi open and transparent war of attrition with voter numbers and the amount of money they contribute as teams. 

This is an overtone for the Roy societies, Oy might be like an eminince grise that protects the Y dictator with misinformation, propaganda, and secret police. Ro people protestor with secretive R leaders often using more misinformation to exaggerate the crimes of Y-Oy. In both cases if I-O are weak the colors disconnect and war wasting resources. 

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