In the essay, Twain laments the four ways in which men of America's Gilded Age employ man's 'most faithful friend'. He concludes by insisting that: the wise thing is for us diligently to train ourselves to lie thoughtfully, judiciously; to lie with a good object, and not an evil one; to lie for others' advantage, and not our own; to lie healingly, charitably, humanely, not cruelly, hurtfully, maliciously; to lie gracefully and graciously, not awkwardly and clumsily; to lie firmly, frankly, squarely, with head erect, not haltingly, tortuously, with pusillanimous mien, as being ashamed of our high calling.
"“What chance has the ignorant uncultivated liar against the educated expert?”
(Reference the following expert industries: political, food industry, medical industry, educational industry, financial industry, news media industry...)
On the Decay of the Art of Lying
This should be required reading for both political parties and the entirety of the Judicial branch of the US government... or maybe they’re the aforementioned experts.
9 pages well worth reading.
Truly an essay for our time (whatever time that might happen to be).