Almost all political statements are empty of meaning; nearly every word is a promiscuous lie. We know of no political leaders today – from the most craven to the most honorable – who do not claim to act in the name of prosperity, freedom and democracy. Yet, no one has any idea what the words mean. And if you peel off the layers of humbug, what do you find at the center? Truth? Not at all; you find a mountebank masquerading as an imposter. It is not merely a fraud, but a compound fraud, in other words – so dense and impenetrable that there’s practically no hope of making sense of it.