The Big Lie US Bureau of Labor Statistics

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating the lie, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such a time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie.

It thus becomes virtually important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

–Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda

Robert Trivers, author of The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self Deception in Human Life, argues the human mind is inclined to systematically distort perceptions of reality, and to fool both itself and others. His theory of deception and self-deception makes an excellent prologue for understanding the remorsefulness lies promulgated each month by our governing authorities, specifically the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This deception has been going on for years and more pronounce in the last administration.

The Folly of Fools spells out the biological imperatives that dispose us to be “suckers” for government’s lies. But to understand fully the magnificence and audacity of the “big lie” upon which our last administration take his re-election, we have to go beyond our predisposition to be deceived and revisit the hall of fame of propaganda as curated by Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Trivers works on self-deception may add perspective about why people are predisposed to embrace certain “big lies,” but Goebbels remains the pioneering expert on how governments can build political regimes around some very, very big lies.

Take for example the US Bureau of Labor
Few “big lies” are larger and more remote from the facts than the now widely accepted notion that the employment picture in the US is rapidly improving. For several years the BLS has reported “improvements” in the US employment picture.

Most of the analysis for the past administration came from a financial analyst who in his article “Making 9 Million Jobless “Vanish”, how the government manipulates Unemployment Statistics.

A detailed look at the government’s own database shows that about nine million people without jobs have been removed from the labor force simply by government defining them as not being in the labor force any longer. Effectively all of the decreases in unemployment rate percentages since 2009-2015 have come not from new jobs, but through reduction in the workforce participation rate so that millions of jobless people are removed from the labor force… When we pierce through the statistical smoke and mirrors and factor back those nine million jobless, the true unemployment rate is over 19% and rising!

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