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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Stupid Truthiness Of Lying About Lying

About this already widely cited exchange with Hillary Clinton on honesty: An honest person tries to tell the truth but also knows that truth-telling for finite error prone human beings is too fraught an effort for one to presume one always actually manages the feat. People have an unconscious, people have secrets, people proceed in the face of errors, divided loyalties, and demanding contingencies. In politics especially all of these factors are amplified. I am reassured by a presidential candidate who values honesty would feel these realities especially keenly. I think it is rather hilarious that so many people are now saying Hillary declaring she earnestly tries to tell the truth makes her more a liar than lying about it would.

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