It sounds so harsh when you phrase it like that, doesn't it?
But it's true. The expansion of the libertarian movement, and the future survival of liberty, require that you lie a lot more than you currently do.
And I'm not talking little white lies either. I'm talking huge, honking, "you're-grounded-for-a-month-mister!" lies. Lies with elaborate complexity, memorable characters, and inventive subplots. Lies that even politicians would hesitate to promulgate.
The type of "lies" I'm referring to are, of course, more commonly called stories. Fiction. Literature. Screenplays. And they are no less truthful for being made up.
Ernest Hemingway put it this way:
All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you.
Storytelling is an extremely powerful way of conveying ideas and philosophies in a convincing manner.
And it is absolutely vital that libertarians do more of it.
What do you mean? My 50 page economic treatises aren't winning hearts and minds?
Erm, well, in a word, no.
Stories are much more powerful vehicles for persuading others.