The Facts (and fax) of Life: Gene Lyons tells us the purpose of kompromat

The real purpose of kompromat isn’t necessarily blackmail, but the promotion of discord, cynicism, and widespread disbelief in such “liberal” values as the distinction between truth and make-believe.

And when people come to assume that everybody’s crooked and nobody can be believed, the strongman always wins.

–Gene Lyons, writing in The National Memo, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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