Why Politicians Are Liars, And Why People Believe Them


Politics is based on deception, which could be one reason Congress always has such dismal approval ratings

“Those lying politicians did it again!” We have all heard that phrase or even said it ourselves. But how do politicians consistently lie to people and get away with it? Surely, they should have been ridden out of town on the rail by now. Fortunately for them, most people have a very short memory when it comes to political transgressions. But, the situation is even worse than that. Politicians use psychology and sociology to maintain their power, and unfortunately the deck is stacked in their favor. The people who would bring truth to the discussion are vastly outnumbered.

In fact, when one studies the history of human communication and politics there are some unpleasant findings. Machiavellian Intelligence is one of the most important ideas in the evolution of human communication. It’s the hypothesis that communication in chimps and humans has evolved around the ability to deceive. As explained in the excellent essay Machiavellian Intelligence: The Macro-Evolutionary Influence:

Humans are one of the few species on Earth who display deceit and violence so that they can maximize their gene potential. The only other species is our near cousin, the chimp. Humans did not learn to be manipulative of one another at a particular point in history; instead, they have always been that way, even before the transition from apes to a society of hunting and gathering. If humans were not innately manipulative, they would have evolved to be completely reliant on physical strength; yet, that is not the micro-evolutionary path humans took. Physical dominance was not the only indication of leadership and power. Leadership also depended on coalitions and acquiescence by those who are being dominated. In the case of the chimps, it was not always the most physically fit chimp who was the alpha male; rather, it was the best deceiver of the group. In hunter-gatherer societies, this political rule of nature allowed non-dominant individuals to operate against the dominant by forming groups to oust the leader.

That certainly sounds a lot like the modern day political game – the best deceiver wins. If you go on to read the rest of the essay, you’ll find more on the evolutionary foundation of politics. Two thousand years ago Aristotle knew well that political science is based on the ability to deceive. And, as he put it man is a political animal, not a rational one.

Further studies have shown that communication and language evolved in our species not to facilitate cooperation but to deceive those around one about resources, food, sex and of course, fidelity. The premise around becoming Red Pill is realizing this truth, that most everything we are told by society, women, and our rulers is a lie. Unfortunately, in the modern age the lies have become so large and so pervasive they threaten to destroy the society we live in. So, evolutionary biology tells us human communication has evolved around deception, and it is often the best liar that rises to the top. But why do people believe the lies?


Keirsey Temperament Type Distribution

Personality Types

Using Carl Jung’s work, later refined by David Keirsey, we can generalize and say there are four temperaments that the 16 personality types fall under: the NT, the SJ, the SP, and the NF. Using this model, Rationals or NTs, those who use logic and reason to make decisions, make up a tiny 10% of the population. Rationals display the following personality traits:

  • Rationals tend to be pragmatic, skeptical, self-contained, and focused on problem-solving and systems analysis.
  • Rationals pride themselves on being ingenious, independent, and strong willed.
  • Rationals make reasonable mates, individualizing parents, and strategic leaders.
  • Rationals are even-tempered, they trust logic, yearn for achievement, seek knowledge, prize technology, and dream of understanding how the world works.

The largest segment of the population are Guardians or SJs, who are 40-50% of the population. SJs are minions of those in power who blindly follow authority and the “official word.” SJs enforce the status quo, even if it is based on nothing but lies. Guardians display the following traits:

  • Guardians pride themselves on being dependable, helpful, and hard-working.
  • Guardians make loyal mates, responsible parents, and stabilizing leaders.
  • Guardians tend to be dutiful, cautious, humble, and focused on credentials and traditions.
  • Guardians are concerned citizens who trust authority, join groups, seek security, prize gratitude, and dream of meting out justice.

SPs or Artisans are another 20-30% of the population and are primarily driven by sensation. They are flexible, aesthetically-aware, “here and now” people that, with hardly a moment’s notice, will go where their excitement leads them. These are the dupes of society.

  • Artisans tend to be fun-loving, optimistic, realistic, and focused on the here and now.
  • Artisans pride themselves on being unconventional, bold, and spontaneous.
  • Artisans make playful mates, creative parents, and troubleshooting leaders.
  • Artisans are excitable, trust their impulses, want to make a splash, seek stimulation, prize freedom, and dream of mastering action skills.

And finally we have the Idealist or NF temperament, which I like to call the liberal. NFs are highly idealistic people. “They are subjective, compassionate ‘feeler’ people that desire to contribute goodness and meaning to the lives of others.”

  • Idealists are enthusiastic, they trust their intuition, yearn for romance, seek their true self, prize meaningful relationships, and dream of attaining wisdom.
  • Idealists pride themselves on being loving, kindhearted, and authentic.
  • Idealists tend to be giving, trusting, spiritual, and they are focused on personal journeys and human potentials.
  • Idealists make intense mates, nurturing parents, and inspirational leaders.

Of course, any of these four types can become a great leader and not all are blind followers or liberals; but these classifications make good descriptors for the average person. Politicians know this, and that is why reason is often the first thing to go out the window when political decisions are made.


Shifting popular opinion rules, not reason and logic

Reason Does Not Rule

Using these statistics, it’s easy to see the Rationals of society are vastly outnumbered. The people who know what the truth is and want to proceed with logic and reason easily find themselves outnumbered 9 to 1 by those who prefer to blindly submit to authority, or who live in the here and now, or who have bleeding hearts. With the numbers stacked against Rationals, the snake oil salesmen of our world, the political class, are consistently able to subvert the interests of all of the population from by telling lies to willing ears. Reinhold Niebuhr wrote on this paradox, paraphrased by Noam Chomsky below.

Rationality belongs to the cool observer but because of the stupidity of the average man he follows not reason but faith and this naïve faith requires necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplification which are provided by a mythmaker to keep the ordinary person on course.

As the scientific personality analysis combined with Niebuhr’s findings show, the majority of the population needs a mythmaker to provide candy-coated necessary illusions to them instead of harsh realities. In a nutshell this is the science behind everything that is wrong with the world. It’s a defect that is hard-wired into human behavior, and it can’t easily be fixed. Expect more bloody conflicts because the political class and their believers are here to stay in the long run; rational thinking be damned. Once in a while a revolution comes along, when the lies begin to endanger people’s lives or well-being. As President Lincoln put it:

You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.

In those moments politicians cannot deceive, Rationals win out over the mythmakers.

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  • lewislafontaine

    Dr. Jung never wrote of the so-called 16 types that appear in the article above.

    They are entirely the creation of someone else who has simply inserted Dr. Jung’s name to give their own creation an air of validity and authenticity.

    It is a misrepresentation and falsification of Dr. Jung’s own ideas.

    The classification of individuals [By Type] means nothing at all. It is only the instrumentality, or what I call “practical psychology,” used to explain, for instance, the husband to a wife, or vice versa. ~Carl Jung, Evans Conversations, Page 23.


    • Relampago Furioso

      Without getting too far into vivisection, the article clearly states the types are based on Keirsey’s study of Jung’s works.


  • The lying has always been there. Politicians are the worst liars amongst all mankind. It’s just gotten worse over the past several decades. They can’t be trusted to tell the truth and they can’t be trusted with the pursestrings anymore. Their deceitfulness has led us to the edge of the bankruptcy cliff. Is there anyone out there who can fix this mess. I say let’s fire them all and go back to what the founding fathers originally had in mind.


    • Relampago Furioso

      Totally agree with what you have to say. They won’t go nicely. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said sometimes the tree of liberty must be refreshed with the blood of patriots. I would hate to see it come to that, but don’t see many alternatives at this point.


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