I wouldn't go so far as to say that most politics is based on lies, but I will say that a large percentage is based around tactically avoiding the truth.

@necopinus I’d say those two things have the same logical outcome.

@necopinus That probably applies to most interpersonal interactions.

@machado That's where I was going originally, but wasn't up for being that depressing on a Saturday morning. Hence the more limited formulation.

@necopinus So you were tactically avoiding the full truth. As you can see, it's not an inherently bad thing.

@machado Heh.

Though I wasn't implying that it was a bad thing necessarily. In the situation that original caused me to think of this formulation, "tactical truth avoidance" is a necessary component.

And sometimes it personally useful as a way of queuing emotional processing. (Though one has to be mindful in the application, as the strategy appears highly addictive.)

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