We know that they are lying,
They know that they are lying
They even know that we know they are lying.
We also know that they know we know they are lying. too.
They, of course, know that we certainly know they know we know they are lying, too, as well.
But they are still lying.
In our country, the lie has become not just moral category, but the pillar industry of this country.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, author of Live Not by Lies
We know they are lying. They know they are lying. They know that we know they are lying. We know that they know we know they are lying. And still they continue to lie. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Click To Tweet
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And here’s a variation on the theme. The quote below can be found on page 181 of A Mountain of Crumbs:
The rules are simple: they lie to us, we know they’re lying, they know we know they’re lying, but they keep lying to us, and we keep pretending to believe them. ― Elena Gorokhova, author, A Mountain of Crumbs
Both of the above authors (Solzhenitsyn and Elena Gorokhova) may have developed their thoughts based on an old Soviet joke which reads like the following:
The authorities pretend they are paying wages.
Workers pretend they are working.
Alternatively, So long as the bosses pretend to pay us, we will pretend to work.
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