Wednesday 22 February 2017

A lie worthy of Goebbels himself

Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- Thank you, Sunday Independent, so much for your focus on how the little people feel about Anglo Irish Bank and the Nama bailout. We might be little people, but many of us know a big lie when we see one.

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The infamous 'big lie' quote from Joseph Goebbels has a haunting resonance in Ireland in 2010. It succinctly describes the astonishing betrayal of the vanquished Irish nation as we are encouraged by Brian Cowen to stop being negative about the debts adopted by his incompetent Government on 30 September, 2008.

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

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