As always a thoughtful post, many thanks. Thanks also for the link to the article about Arendt, which I’d missed earlier.
We humans have always had our share of liars because lying is a powerful strategy for gaining advantage. The difference today, I believe, is that lies are amplified by the media and that gives them a power they’ve never had before. As the Russian Ambassador to the UK said a few years ago during a BBC World Service interview, “the truth is whatever we want it to be.”
On a different note, now you’re back in Europe if you’re ever anywhere near Switzerland I’d welcome the opportunity for conversation over coffee sometime provided the notion doesn’t over-step bounds of privacy etc.