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I've been watching what lawyers do recently. And it's obvious that it's a key principle of law is that truth is whatever you can get away with.

If you have a court case where your client is responsible for an event that harms people, you use FUD to confuse the jury, you spread the blame around, you use legal precedent to limit the evidence that's presented in court, you find expert witnesses who agree with you, and so on. If you can lie without being caught for perjury, you'll do it.

Truth is irrelevant. Persuading the jury is all that matters.

Many politicians are lawyers. This is how their minds work. The scientific ideal of impartial research and peer reviewed discussion is completely alien to them.

And the financial elites are even less sophisticated. They care about the end of quarter balance sheet.

Meanwhile CEOs and other board level bobble heads care more about their income and personal status than they do the businesses they "lead." Any event, organisation, movement or principle which interferes with their aims is bad.

So you have different groups playing by completely different rules, and they all assume their own rules are the only ones that matter.

No wonder it's a mess.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:12:05 AM EST
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