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elbanditoroso's avatar

In politics, does wealth make you a liar? Or does being a liar make you wealthy?

Asked by elbanditoroso (22417points) 1 week ago

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MrGrimm888's avatar

Lying is a tool that is used to become “wealthy.” Not rich, but wealthy.

In politics, lying is a tool used to move up.

Being wealthy, in and of itself, does not make one a liar. However, it is reasonable to assume that a wealthy person has lied, deceived, and cheated their way to the point where they are. Same with politics.

Lying, and being a “lyer,” are different though. A “lyer,” to me, is someone who constantly lies and may even be incapable of not lying.

Zaku's avatar

As asked? As asked, this is an example of a ridiculously reductive binary proposition, which may tempt some people to answer with other general observations and lead to muddy disagreements.

Of course wealth doesn’t “make” anyone a liar by itself, in any context.

Of course being a liar doesn’t make anyone wealthy, except in specific situations (which may be common in politics, but to your contextless question, the answer is clearly “no”).

Kardamom's avatar

Neither. They’re both separate things that sometimes go together, and sometimes don’t go together.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I like this quote. “When someone says that they became rich from hard work ask them whose. ” I think being rich and a liar come hand in hand. ~Their are honest people who became rich but I’ve never met them. I’m being tounge In cheek. I don’t know.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Being rich is not a requirement for becomming a liar. We are all liars, at times. Gaining wealth, and or popularity does increase the temptation to test boundaries, truth, loyalty, resiliance.
Some are better than others at resisting those temptations.

PiotrP's avatar

I don’t think that wealth makes somebody a liar. I believe it’s really person dependent overall.
Yet, as you clearly refer to politics, then somebody who is wealthy and is also an politician is probably a very good liar as well.
Why? Politicians are liars – doesn’t matter which country, they make their living by giving promises, where at least half of them is not delivered. They make public appearances and they make a living out of how are they recognized by the society. How can people with such skills can not be a good liars? And if you are good at something, you should exploit it and use it for your own comfort – that’s what we, humans are doing all the times, so why would politicians act differently in this regard?
Also somebody’s wealth is a great indicator of how successful this person was. It’s not different in Politics – I would even say that this statement is even more true in Politics as politician and entrepreneurs go side by side here.

Patty_Melt's avatar

^^^^^^
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Does anybody know?
I was going to welcome the new member, and found them being chomped by Neptune.

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