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Gaining the Upper Hand with Audacity

August 26, 2009

Here’s a new strategy for gaining the upper hand in a public conversation through audacious lying. Here’s the trick: before a public audience, counter your opponent’s claims with an outright lie—a lie that your opponent will know is a lie.

That’s it; it’s pretty simple.

Here’s how it works: by lying you put the other person in a lose-lose situation. Since “You’re a damn liar!” is not an accept rhetorical tactic in “polite society,” your opponent can lose either by failing to challenge your lie or by calling you a liar. Either way, you win.

I know this because my wife was recently the victim of this strategy.

I hate polite society.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 7:08 am

    Instead of saying “your a damn liar!” you can always just say “I believe you have been misinformed” perhaps in a patronisingly pitying tone of voice.

  2. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    August 27, 2009 3:56 pm

    Oooh, the patronising response: I like it!

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