Shamelessness and the Pseudocracy

Andrew Sullivan http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2011/03/does-shamelessness-pay-off.html meditated on the incapacity to experience shame and its relation to modern politics.  This incapacity seems important to mendacity, as Yeats noted in 1916:

NOW all the truth is out,
Be secret and take defeat
From any brazen throat,
For how can you compete,
Being honour bred, with one
Who, were it proved he lies,
Were neither shamed in his own

Politicos who lie without  risk of recollection  — their own or detractors’ — must become accustomed to shamelessness.  Maybe its an occupational qualification?

 


 

 

 

 

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