Category Archives: lying

Why it is practically a duty to lie to authorities

Irrespective, writes Dalrymple, of

the paperless world to which digitisation was supposed to give rise (though it does not seem that there is any less paper than there used to be), it has not reduced bureaucracy. The ease with which information may be gathered, or asked for, has brought inefficiencies and irritations of its own.

Any organisation, governmental or private,

may easily demand to know more about us than we wish to reveal. Our only defence against this prepotent intrusion is lying, which in the great majority of cases will go undetected and be without consequence.

The art of lying without telling untruths

The advertising industry long ago discovered the means of achieving this, Dalrymple writes.

The disaster of Thatcherism

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 08.28.48Margaret Thatcher’s cultural effect on Britain was, overall, disastrous, writes Dalrymple. She introduced the commercial spirit

not only where it was needed, but where it was harmful. Almost all the legalised corruption for which the British public administration is so notable can be traced back to her. She believed in management as a science in the way that Latin American peasants believe in miracle-working Virgins. She introduced business practices (such as high and rising perquisites) into the public sector without the disciplines of a real marketplace.

She failed to learn an important lesson taught by the experience of the Russian communist tyranny, that

in centralised bureaucratic systems, the setting of targets results not in efficiency but in organised lying to pretend that they have been met. The result has been Soviet-type corruption, moral, intellectual and financial, some of it legal and much of it compulsory. Those who work in or for the public administration – it is increasingly difficult to tell them apart – have been comprehensively corrupted.

Leo the liar, hypocrite and grotesque egotist

Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 00.22.07Screen Shot 2013-04-21 at 00.34.43Lenin’s ‘little brother of the revolution’ was, to put it mildly, a deeply irresponsible man, Dalrymple points out (from 2:10).

In Hampstead, they hope it’s not true

Screen Shot 2013-03-01 at 02.15.54Dalrymple writes:

A distinguished foreign correspondent for the BBC wanted to ask me: Did I make it all up? It was a question I have been asked many times by middle-class liberal intellectuals, who presumably hope that the violence, neglect and cruelty, the contorted thinking, the hopelessness and the nihilism that I describe are figments of a fevered imagination.