The last week has seen innumerable year-end lists: the good, bad, and otherwise notable from the year that is now almost past. Les Leopold's Wall Street's 10 Biggest Lies of 2010 is one of my favorites, as is Adele Stan's reference to 2010 as The Year of the Big Lie:
In the politics of 2010, the Big Lie, in both its gigantic and more attenuated forms, was almost always deployed in the service of corporations. It may not be so obvious at the surface, especially when the Lie dubs the nation's first black president a racist, or labels a Jewish holocaust survivor an anti-Semite, but the ultimate aim of the Lie in these contexts is to discredit purveyors of ideas and policies that certain corporate leaders and shills find threatening to their quest for all the world's riches. [...]
Because the Big Lie relies not on facts for its impact, but the counter-factual, it cannot be refuted by empirical data. If progressives are to thwart the momentum of the Big Lie's suffocating expansion, they must offer a viable counter-narrative -- stories that speak to people's souls, emotions and experiences -- something more than a raft of facts and policy solutions. We know the true story of our people. We must learn how to tell it.
Glenn Greenwald has been tenacious in pursuing WikiLeaks' revelations during 2010, noting that "it's well worth reviewing exactly what WikiLeaks exposed to the world just in the last year:"
... the breadth of the corruption, deceit, brutality and criminality on the part of the world's most powerful factions. [...] It's unsurprising that political leaders would want to convince people that the true criminals are those who expose acts of high-level political corruption and criminality, rather than those who perpetrate them. Every political leader would love for that self-serving piety to take hold. But what's startling is how many citizens and, especially, "journalists" now vehemently believe that as well.
With revelations about Bank of America on the horizon, perhaps 2011 will be The Year of the Leak. To quote Lennon:
I'm sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
I've had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth...