Law of the Day | 1130

Noam Chomsky: One of the most important comments on deceit, I think, was made by Adam Smith. He pointed out that a major goal of business is to deceive and oppress the public.

And one of the striking features of the modern period is the institutionalization of that process, so that we now have huge industries deceiving the public–and they’re very conscious about it, the public relations industry. Interestingly, this developed in the freest countries–in Britain and the US–roughly around time of WWI, when it was recognized that enough freedom had been won that people could no longer be controlled by force. So modes of deception and manipulation had to be developed in order to keep them under control.

[Noam Chomsky meets Robert Trivers, to discuss deceit]

There is a video here.

Boeklog on Chomsky

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