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Welcome to the David Victor Vector blog. This is blog that covers religious observances around the world international affairs and global business. This blog describes religious holidays for most major religions as well as raising issues dealing with globalization, international business ethics, cross-cultural business communication and political events affecting business in an integrated world economy. I look forward your discussion and commentary on these articles and subjects. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Why do our politicians stretch the truth?

Rare opinion piece on FactCheck.org on why so many of our politicians stretch the truth, exaggerate or outright lie. Stated here AS opinion and NOT fact (a rarity on this fact-driven site).  The opinion piece is by Brooks Jackson. Here is the link:  http://factcheck.org/2011/09/why-do-they-do-it/
What are your views on this?

1 comment:

  1. IMO, I think it has more to do with the differentiation between private and public ethics discussed in detail by Machiavelli and emphasized by Hans Morgenthau. The politicians are responsible for the security and welfare of their people, and therefore, it may be necessary for them to participate in activities- such as lying, to ensure that such protections are effective. Although this is more in line with international relations, I think the principle is simple: ethical standards in the private and public life are fundamentally different. We have allowed such behavior and, therefore, have become accustomed to it. As noted by Plato, “Our rulers will probably have to make considerable use of lies and deceit for the good of their subjects.”