Washington’s Blog 
December 26, 2013
Albert Einstein said :
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of the truth.
Indeed, scientists have shown that people will go to absurd lengths – and engage in mental gymnastics  – in order to cling to their belief in what those in authority have said.
Part of the reason so many are so vulnerable to naive belief in authority is that we evolved in small tribes … and we assume that the super-elites are just like us .
These people have no hesitation in lying to promote their goals.
The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs told  Morley Safer of 60 Minutes and CBS News:
Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? — stupid.
And studies show that the super-rich lie, cheat and steal more  than the rest of us.
Who’s to Blame … Big Government or Big Business?
Conservatives tend to believe that the captains of industry are virtuous and that the government can’t be trusted.
Liberals tend to believe that government servants are virtuous and that corporations can’t be trusted.
But the truth is that psychopaths are psychopaths … whether they’re in the private sector or government.
And there is no such thing as representative government or free market capitalism anymore. Big corporate money has coopted the government ; and ill-guided politicians have destroyed the free market .
And they’re trying to grab  more and more power and wealth every day.
Big Business Has Turned Into a Criminal Syndicate
And conservatives are not amused .
Government Has Gone Rogue
If the government were accountable, then government corruption, deceit and wrongdoing would be held to a modest level.
But the government is not accountable.
When bad government policy leads to bad results, the government manipulates the data … instead of changing policy .
The massive NSA is spying on all of us – including government officials, reporters, and everyone else – as a way to crush dissent .
And people who criticize government policy or government officials may literally be labeled terrorists .
People of faith shouldn’t be fooled into blindly deferring  to government authority.