“When historical truth is involved, the more anyone claims to possess it, the more he lies.”
This line strikes me as particularly interesting. When given the rest of Camus’ essays this far, it is clear that he does not trust a government to maintain itself. Earlier he had spoken on the necessity of at least two parties being very active in a government, less you have authentic tyranny. What’s important to note here is that he suggests an ebb and flow between a multiparty system. I especially enjoy this line in reference to the comments my by the GOP at the last debates. When I spoke earlier of contrasting statements made by senators and congressmen about how they spent our money poorly, it very much resonates with the idea that the more “truth” they hold, the more they must lie. Listening to the debates in this regard makes nearly every candidate seem clownish. The only not having this effect would be Sanders. Bearing that, it feels as if that’s a lot of the reason for his popularity. He’s not claiming to know truths, but have solutions. However, this is still a problem for me, as his solutions feel like empty promises due to their scale. Finding a middle ground between truth and promise must be the challenge. Understanding that Idea would be worth study.
I’ve sent a copy of this passage to Matt. Hopefully he can shed some light on defining this situation.