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“Big government” and other lies we live by: How one Orwellian concoction consumed America

“If people lived without accepting lies/ they would ripen like apples, and be scented like pippins/ in their old age,” wrote D.H. Lawrence in his poem “Beautiful Old Age.” Unfortunately, living with accepted lies is just an everyday part of being American.

Patently misleading words and phrases that could have come straight out of Orwell’s “1984” have long polluted our political language, yet continue to be taken at face value and used routinely. The most consequential has been the replacement of “war” by “defense” in the titles of the War Department and the secretary of war cabinet post in 1949,

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Big problems with the Paycheck Protection Program?

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web:

“The U.S. Small Business Administration released 4.8 million loan records detailing who received money from the $530 billion Paycheck Protection Program,” said Taylor Borden at ­Business Insider — and it’s quite a list. Kanye West’s Yeezy sneakers brand is on it, with a loan of $2 million to $5 million. So are the Girl Scouts of America, the Archdiocese of New York, the Ayn Rand ­Institute — a think tank known for promoting “hard-core ­capitalism” — and the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform Foundation. “Meant

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Big business, political strategy and corporate involvement in US state politics

<span class="caption">Protesters rally to have Colorado's then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/from-left-to-right-sandy-tolland-in-hat-miranda-glasbergen-news-photo/1076896552?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images">Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images</a></span>
Protesters rally to have Colorado’s then-incoming governor put an up-to-nine-month moratorium on oil and gas development. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Political spending by corporations is big business.

As one corporate executive with experience in business-government relations says, “A company that is dependent on government that does not donate to politicians is engaging in corporate malpractice.”

Our research group heard that statement during a series of interviews with industry insiders that we conducted for a study on corporate political strategy and involvement in U.S state politics.

In the 2018 election cycle, for example, private interests spent US$500

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