How liars come to believe their own lies
April 21, 2016 § 70 Comments
At Cane Caldo’s blog commenter Bruce writes:
There’s another dynamic here. Pro-lifers strongly identify with their role of saving individual babies. I think they believe they can save more babies by going easy [on women] and changing their hearts.
Agreed. It isn’t just a one-off situation of hostage taking: it is an ongoing process of hostage-taking with no end in sight, and if the hostage takers are not appeased then more hostages are going to die.
This leads some ‘hostage negotiators’ (pro lifers) initially into lying to the hostage takers about their real views and their long-term intentions. In reality the hostage-taking murderesses ought to get the gallows or at least the asylum; but if we actually say that then we will lose more hostages right now and in the next round of hostage taking.
So the pro life movement feels like it has to lie, and feels justified in doing so.
After a while though the hostage negotiators start to believe their own BS, out of habit and because they do not want to think of themselves as liars.
UPDATE/NOTE: It should perhaps be emphasized that this dynamic applies to some pro-lifers. Other pro-lifers are just feminists, with all that that implies. The dead babies are ultimately just a price paid for female emancipation, and while we’d like to stop the baby-killing we aren’t willing to call feminism into question in order to do so.