We've seen this before. It's a standard feature of authoritarian/totalitarian governments - the "permanent lie." Now it's America's turn as it drifts into the grip of rightwing authoritarianism.
Chris Hedges notes that all presidents lie from time to time but the Trump administration lies freely, constantly and in a different manner.
Clinton, when he signed into law the North American Free Trade Agreement, promised “NAFTA means jobs, American jobs and good-paying American jobs.” George W. Bush justified the invasion of Iraq because Saddam Hussein supposedly possessed weapons of mass destruction. But Clinton did not continue to pretend that NAFTA was beneficial to the working class when reality proved otherwise. Bush did not pretend that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction once none were found.
The permanent lie is not circumscribed by reality. It is perpetuated even in the face of overwhelming evidence that discredits it. It is irrational. Those who speak in the language of truth and fact are attacked as liars, traitors and purveyors of “fake news.” They are banished from the public sphere once totalitarian elites accrue sufficient power, a power now granted to them with the revoking of net neutrality. The iron refusal by those who engage in the permanent lie to acknowledge reality, no matter how transparent reality becomes, creates a collective psychosis.
“The result of a consistent and total substitution of lies for factual truth is not that the lie will now be accepted as truth and truth be defamed as a lie, but that the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world—and the category of truth versus falsehood is among the mental means to this end—is being destroyed,” Hannah Arendt wrote in “The Origins of Totalitarianism.”
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities,” Voltaire warned.
Hedges contends that our only option at this point is to establish sanctuary communities with worker run co-ops and local food supply from which to launch acts of civil disobedience against what Galbraith calls "the predator state."