Truth-by-repetition: No matter how outrageous, repeated lies become the truth

It doesn’t matter how ridiculous a lie is. As long as the lie is repeated often enough, some people will believe it.

Joseph Goebells, the chief propagandist for Hitler’s Nazi Party knew this and famously said

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Joseph Goebbels On the “Big Lie”

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