Political Lies and Business Lies

From MoneyStuff today:

One point that I often make about the U.S. legal system is that lying about financial matters is quite broadly and severely criminalized—basically any sort of dishonesty having anything to do with money is arguably wire fraud—but lying about politics is common, legal, and frankly encouraged. If you sell knickknacks on the internet and you misrepresent their dimensions, that is probably a federal felony, but if you run for president on a platform of wild lies and dangerous conspiracy theories then you are just participating in a long and glorious tradition and you’ll probably win.

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