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International Dialogue

International Dialogue

Article Title

Truth and Democracy

Abstract

It is no secret that politicians lie. Yet, most of us feel queasy faced with the level of mendacity and deceptiveness, and with the lack of concern for facts associated with the Bush administration. This unease is certainly due in part to the disastrous consequences this administration had for the lives of thousands and thousands of people in Iraq and the U.S., among other places, and for the stability of the whole Middle-East. Yet, there is more to this unease. We expect dictators and despots to lie and deceive. In contrast, democratic politics should be more concerned with the truth. There appears to be a clear incompatibility between the idea of a self-governing people and a lying and deceptive government. Our unease with the Bush administration comes from this apparent mismatch between its behaviour and our ideal of democratic politics.

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