From Glenn W. Smith’s The Politics of Deceit:
Following Thomas Paineâ€™s advice, we should wake up and understand that our long habit of not thinking our political practices wrong does not make them right. . . Their very structure lends advantage to those who would mislead rather than lead, to those who believe their own power is more important than the health of democracy. . . The dissolution of social mechanisms for working out our differences â€“ and celebrating our similarities and common purposes â€“ has contributed to the deterioration of the public sphere and made possible the ascendancy of the politics of deceit.