I ended up spending way too much time reading the comments to this post about how the MAL now defines “lie” as “something that fooled me” rather than “a statement the speaker knows to be false”. It’s interesting in itself, but it did attract a couple of the talking point ranters I mentioned in an earlier post.
Among the standard tropes, no matter how dubious, is the “we invaded Iraq to secure reliable access to cheap oil for big business”. I just laughed out loud at that one. Even supposing that claim was true, it presumes that cheap oil is of no benefit or concern to the citizenry. Yes, clearly you’d never see widespread anger or unrest if, say, lack of reliable access to cheap oil caused gasoline prices to increase rapidly. No, no, only Big Business cares about such things. Just how bad a case of Reality Dysfunction do you need to spout such nonsense? Of course, as with other cargo cults, the claim is not meant to be examined or pondered, simply used as a magical incantation. Yet another sign of the hollowing out of other ideologies at the End of History.