As I have done in the past I'm posting below a short interview with an author who has written a book I have not read. The title is L'Empire du mensonge (The Empire of the Lie), the author Maurice Bonnet, the publisher l'Aencre, and the questions are posed by Fabrice Dutilleul:
- Why such a violent title?
- I am not the only one to realize that we are saturated with lies, but I am, perhaps, the first to envisage this problem in its origin and global aspect. The first to present it under the totalitarian aspect that characterizes it today. I am of course speaking of the lie that is spread in public under the political and societal angle. Most lies, whatever form they take (biased arguments, one-sided accounts, false representation, etc…) are not perceived as lies by the people and become part of the global Lie that constitutes our atmosphere and forms our mentalities. That's what this is about, well beyond particular cases, even serious ones, that can be or have already been denounced here and there.
- Would there be a global Lie arching over all the particular lies?
- In a way, yes! I maintain and I show that, without our realizing it, the lie penetrates everywhere today thanks to a media system and methods that never cease to become more sophisticated, and that the climate in which we live is entirely mendacious, more and more mendacious, because the empire of the lie is all-conquering.
- Is it a conspiracy?
- No, a phenomenon that originated in an already distant past, accelerated by the astonishing progress of techniques, the monopolization of the media, the great number and immensity of conflicts of interest. Certain discussions have become impossible, except in a restricted circle, and even then one must be prudent. Living under the reign of monochromatic and compulsory thought, the crime of opinion being inscribed in our laws, speech is no longer free. And the Big Lie is precisely to claim the opposite, with some success. What motivates me naturally is the desire to arouse the greatest possible number of our compatriots, and what saddens me is to note how few of them realize the extent to which they are kept infantilized, unconscious of evolving in an fabricated, hence mendacious, ambiance. All the information that pours forth bubbles with "good faith". I explain the methods of the lie and the implications. And the considerable role of the "useful idiots". It is difficult to fight indifference, laziness, cowardice, stupidity and incredulity at one time.
Note: I would add to that list the difficulty of fighting a refusal to admit mistakes, a refusal to back off from a collective omertà that forbids any concession to the truth, and a certain superstition regarding the truth, as if terrible things will befall us if we admit that things are not what we say they are. The various taboos that haunt us and prevent us from speaking out constitute a return to more primitive superstitions, and this in a resolutely atheistic society.
- You also take on democracy…
- It's a pleasure I did not deny myself. I must say our democracy is so pleased with itself, so quick to give lessons, at a time when it is pathetically incapable of resolving anything, resigning itself to stop-gap expedients. In the fairy tale, the Emperor has no clothes. Our democracy is quite simply an impostor. It's the only part of my essay where I admit to having yielded to a polemical vein, but my opinion is backed by works that I mention at the end of my book in the bibliography.
- And you also seem to blame feminism.
- I know many intelligent, marvelous women, and I feel that none of them would disagree with me. I call a spade a spade, and the condition into which our society is sinking is a disaster, due to the combined forces of the egalitarian lie, the venom of mixing women with men ("mixité"), the stupid principle of parity, and other idiocies of the same ilk. The situation is extremely grave. The invasion of all functions by women, even in the police and the army, should put us on the alert. We are going mad. This world, these people, who never stop talking about their "values", without ever explaining what they really consist of, have lost the most precious of values: simple common sense. (…)
The book can be purchased at Francephi, for 23 euros.
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Labels: Crisis of survival, Culture, Feminism, Intellectual Terrorism, Media