The Art of Political Lying – still relevant today

Jonathan Swift

Putting this up so I can find it later. Human behavior has not changed (my bold):

Few lies carry the inventor’s mark, and the most prostitute enemy to truth may spread a thousand, without being known for the author; besides, as the vilest Writer has his Readers, so the greatest Liar has his Believers; and it often happens, that if a Lie be believ’d only for an Hour, it has done its Work, and there is no farther occasion for it. Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect

1710, The Examiner