Stealth and Lies


Pyramidal democracy is often loud and contentious; the opposite is true when hourglass politicians conduct stealthy and clandestine passing of legislation. For example, politicians will wait until just before a big holiday – when we’re preoccupied with shopping, decorating, partying and cooking – to bring unpopular legislation to a vote. Other stealth techniques include giving a bill a friendly name to cover its ugly side and tucking important legislation inside larger bills.

When stealth won’t work for a tyrant, lies will suffice. For example, in order to get elected, politicians positively drip with sincerity as they make all kinds of unrealistic promises that, whaddya know, once in office they don’t keep. Many of them even get re-elected later on promises to remedy the problems their lying caused in the first place.

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