Rand Paul was giving a talk to university medical students in Louisville when he was asked if he had any last minute advice for those about to take a major test.


“Actually, I do, I never, ever cheated. I don’t condone cheating. But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Misinformation can be very important.”

“We spread the rumor that we knew what was on the test and it was definitely going to be all about the liver, we tried to trick all of our competing students into over-studying for the liver” and not studying much else.

So, that’s my advice. “Misinformation works.””


Suddenly, recent political events are making much more sense. If you see life as a dog eat dog struggle for survival, and if every other human being is your rival for resources, then of course you will spread misinformation to win that struggle. If there is no such thing as human solidarity, then there is no such thing as human virtue. In a world without a common life, there are no common standards, there are only winners and losers.