Nearly a year ago David posted about Jack Harich’s paper: “The dueling loops of the political powerplace”. Harich suggested political competition could be likened to a race to the bottom versus a race to the top, in which the race to the bottom had an inherent advantage, namely: you can always lie bigger, but truth is constrained. Not a very cheery conclusion, but one that has some resonance when you look at the behaviour of many politicians.
Q: How do you know when a politician is lying?
A: Easy, it’s when their lips are moving.
All is not lost, though – Harich and the people at Thwink .org identified that the competitive advantage of deceitful politicians can be overcome if – a) if more voters are skilled at detecting political deception, and b) if this knowledge changes their political behaviour (i.e. they at least stop voting for the liars).
If you’re like me, the thoughts that pop into mind at this point are: “Brilliant! Now how do we do that?” Well, Thwink has now released a guide to some of the basics of detecting political deception.