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On truth literacy and the survival of a nation
nation cannot long endure if oppressed, whether by a mothercountry, a tyrant, a class, or any other group who puts their owninterests first.
is the act of using power to benefit onegroup at the expense of another. The identity of the oppressor is built by antagonism to the oppressed.
In a democracy, oppression requires theconsent of the oppressed.
is the ability to tell truth from deception. Universaltruth literacy is just as important to the health of democracy as reading liter-acy, because if people cannot “read” the truth they are blind to what thetruth really is. They are easily controlled by any politician who uses decep-tion to hoodwink the masses into supporting him and his positions.Political deception is an age old, worldwide problem. Its success has ledto more corruption, war, economic catastrophe and
than any other single cause. For example, how did Vladimir Lenin rise to power andconsolidate his and the communist party’s iron grip after the Bolshevik Revolution? Some by force, but mostly by the fog of deception. It was he whogave the world this chilling quote:
“A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.”
But if citizens can tell that lies are not the truth they will not work, nomatter how many times they may be repeated. In fact, once a person has been fully inoculated against deception, each further repetition of a bold lieonly serves to drive them further away from the deceiving politician. While political deception is a worldwide problem, this pamphlet is writ-ten for those living in a country where the problem has spun out of control.If Thomas Paine were alive and writing today, he might repeat his cry that“These are times that try men’s souls,” because in that country a new brandof politics has replaced reason and the common good with something else.That nation was formerly the most prosperous and esteemed on theplanet. But since the ascendency of a party that bases its power on the twomost powerful special interest groups in the world, large for-profit corpora-tions and the rich, that nation has stumbled badly. While those special interests have profited immensely, on the averageeveryone else has suffered. Most people see their real incomes shrinking.They see their constitutional rights being taken away, drip by steady drip.They see minor issues like abortion, immigration, guns and gays rising to afever pitch of prominence, while the issues that really matter go unattended.They see their country turning away from the constructive forces of coopera-