August 14, 2011
BOOK OF THE WEEK: WEEK THIRTY-THREE, 2011
Martin Jay, The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics (Charlotteville & London: U. of Virginia Press, 2010) ("It may be prudent to relax our outrage against hypocrisy under any circumstances, and concede that there are many necessary fictions at the heart of even the most transparent and accountable of political systems." Id. at 180. Yet, for us to be less "outraged against hypocrisy", that is, for us to be less self-righteous in our criticism of political lying, does not mean that we should not hold politicians accountable when they are caught having lied.).