„The only time they tell the truth is when they admit that they are lying.“

—  Ron Paul

Possible Iran False Flag In Gulf Of Oman, With The US Already Caught In A Lie & Israel Attacks Syria, Ryan Cristian, The Last American Vagabond, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAiNqq14UF4 Video: 1 hour 14 mins, 18 secs, (13 June 2019)

Know More News About War with Iran, Ron Paul and Daniel McAdams, Ron Paul Liberty Report, soundbite from the Ron Paul Liberty Report on Adam Green's Know More News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XDoDTYhLL4 Video: 37 mins, 34 secs, (17 June 2019)

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In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
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Truth is treason in an empire of lies. (Often attributed by Ron Paul to Orwell but never sourced.)
In the mid-19th century Karl Georg von Raumer made a remark, which has a similar meaning. In Geschichte der Pedagogic (1855), he states: 'Jede keimende Wahrheit ist revolutionär gegen den entgegenstehenden herrschenden Irrthum, jede keimende Tugend revolutionär gegen das im Schwange gehende, ihr widersprechende Laster' which translates as: "Every germinating truth is revolutionary against the opposing ruling error, every germinating virtue is revolutionary against popular contradictory lies."
In 1898 French socialist Jean Jaurès said, "When a society, when an institution, lives only by lies, truth is revolutionary." He was speaking with reference to the ongoing Dreyfus Affair. The statement is quoted in Ruth Harris, The Man on Devil's Island: Alfred Dreyfus and the Affair that Divided France (2010), p. 262. (She cites Le petit Meridional, 3 July 1898, as the original source.) This seems very close in spirit and in phrasing to the pseudo-Orwell quotation. (The cumulative index to the many volumes of Orwell's writing compiled and edited by Peter Davison does not reveal any direct references to Jaurès or the Dreyfus Affair.)
Variante: In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

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