Albert Einstein said:
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.
Indeed, scientists have shown that people will go to absurd lengths - and engage in mental gymnastics in order to cling to their belief in what those in authority have said.
Part of the reason so many are so vulnerable to naive belief in authority is that we evolved in small tribes and we assume that the super-elites are just like us.
In reality, there are millions of psychopaths in the world and they are largely running D.C. and on Wall Street.
These people have no hesitation in lying to promote their goals.
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs told Morley Safer of 60 Minutes and CBS News:
Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then youre stupid. Did you hear that? stupid.
And studies show that the super-rich lie, cheat and steal more than the rest of us.
Whos to Blame Big Government or Big Business?
Conservatives tend to believe that the captains of industry are virtuous and that the government cant be trusted.
Liberals tend to believe that government servants are virtuous and that corporations cant be trusted.
But the truth is that psychopaths are psychopaths whether theyre in the private sector or government.
And there is no such thing as representative government or free market capitalism anymore. Big corporate money has coopted the government; and ill-guided politicians have destroyed the free market.
Corrupt government agencies and officials and corrupt corporations and executives have become intertwined in a malignant, symbiotic relationship.
And theyre trying to grab more and more power and wealth every day.
Big banks and giant oil companies have more or less become criminal enterprises.
And conservatives are not amused.
If the government were accountable, then government corruption, deceit and wrongdoing would be held to a modest level.
But the government is not accountable.
When bad government policy leads to bad results, the government manipulates the data instead of changing policy.
Government pumps out massive amounts of propaganda through the mainstream and gatekeeper alternative media, movies, video games, and other venues.
The government has launched a war on journalism, and censors and manipulates social media. And see this.
The massive NSA is spying on all of us including government officials, reporters, and everyone else as a way to crush dissent.
And people who criticize government policy or government officials may literally be labeled terrorists.
No wonder the American public has lost faith in the 2 party system. And see this.
People of faith shouldnt be fooled into blindly deferring to government authority ( via washingtonsblog.com ).