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Thread: Is deception a form of coercion?

  1. #1 Is deception a form of coercion? 
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    I'm just thinking, if someone lies to you and you believe them, then that certainly limits your options, and could force you to pursue a path you didn't intend to.

    But how much deception does it take before we consider ourselves to be deprived of our freedom by it? What knowledge we don't have we can't act on. What false impressions we do have, we may mistakenly act on, with unintended results.

    I guess the most extreme case would be if someone lied that they had a gun to your head, and then started bossing you around. Clearly you don't actually have a gun pointed at your head, but you don't know that, so ....... what's the difference?


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    Yes, deception can be used for intimidation and coercion. I don't think anyone will argue otherwise. I will go even further and say that it is actually a pretty common tool in politics. So what exactly is your point, or are you just stating the obvious?


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    Actually, that's kind of where I was going with this. Is it really a democracy if our government is able to coerce the vote?

    If they were standing over us with guns and demanding that we vote a certain way, it would be very clear we weren't living in one. Is it so different if they're merely allowed to decieve us?
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