The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade is at work again. Boris the Johnson is quoted as saying to press in the US: “Brexit means us being more outward looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic on the world stage than ever before.” There is a very precise word for such nonsense, bullshit. No. Not lies. Not in this case. When you lie, you know you are not telling the truth. Rather, creating an alternative reality and throwing all your efforts into having people accept that as reality, including, first and foremost, yourself. Unfortunately, the longer this continues, the greater the rift with what people experience on the ground, the more force and effort required to maintain the bullshit, because everyday reality fights back. Denial some would call it, but you can’t deny what you have convinced yourself is reality. The ultimate outcome of extended bullshit is the eruption of violence. For an insightful little book about bullshit, read On Bullshit by Harry G.Frankfurt.
See: Boris Johnson distinguishes Brexit from Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ policy, The Guardian, July 22nd, 2016.