Stephen Dunscombe: Telling the Truth

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For years progressives have comforted themselves with age-old biblical adages that the "truth will out" or "the truth shall make you free," but waiting around for the truth to set you free is lazy politics. The truth does not reveal itself by britue of being the truth: it must be told, and we need to learn how to tell the truth more effectively. It must have stories woven around it, works of art made about it; it must be communicated in new ways and marketed so that it sells. It must be embedded in an experience that connects with people's dreams and desires, that resonates with the symbols and myths they find meaningful. The arguemnt here is not for a progressive movement that lies outright, but rather for a propaganda of the truth. As William James once wrote: "Truth happens to an idea". (20)

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