prevaricate |priˈvariˌkāt|verb [ intrans. ]speak or act in an evasive way : he seemed to prevaricate when journalists asked pointed questions. See note at lie .DERIVATIVESprevarication |priˌvariˈkā sh ən| nounprevaricator |-ˌkātər| nounORIGIN mid 16th cent. (in the sense [go astray, transgress] ): from Latinpraevaricat-‘walked crookedly, deviated,’ from the verb praevaricari, from prae ‘before’ + varicari‘straddle’(from varus ‘bent, knock-kneed’ ).
The National Institute of Prevarication (NIP) is “dedicated to the exposure and preservation of prevarication in public life.” Don’t get us wrong, we are not against lying, dissembling, evasiveness, etc. It’s just that when folks lie they are usually getting ready to reach into our hip pocket. However, without the prevaricators out there we truth-tellers here at the NIP wouldn’t have our employment. (Thanks to the stimulus funding we’ve got our nose in the tent.)
Who hasn’t told the little white lie, etc.? We are sure that it is for the public good that our elected leaders lie to us. At least that is what they tell us. Our mission is to call attention to prevarication, regardless of the source. Not just lies (they can be so tedious), but half-truths, distortions, exaggerations, misleading statements, statistics, etc., all are of interest to the NIP. All forms of prevarication have one thing in common– they attempt to influence others to the benefit of the prevaricator.
The source materials we reference often have a way of vanishing once exposed to the bright light of scrutiny. When possible we try to archive documents that may otherwise disappear.
Many of our postings relate to current political topics, but our web site is not limited to any political agenda. The famous liars in our hall of shame had all sorts of reasons for prevaricating. Also, there is a place for lies in humor. In fact much humor derives its entertainment value from the juxtaposition of plausibility and deniability. You may even find some satirical content here at our web site from time to time, but don’t be misled. We are deadly serious about the messages presented and issues underlying them.
Postings on our web site are brief and to the point. You won’t see a lot of hand-wringing and ranting here. Just facts that rebut publicly disseminated prevarications. We will attribute sources, illustrate positions, expose the facts and reasoning that belie prevarication, and then let our readers judge for themselves.
There are 3 ways you can contribute:
- Comment on the posts you read on prevarication.net.
- Send us ideas or fallacies that need to be exposed, we will add them.
- If you have lots to add, we can make you a regular contributor. Just contact us and let us know you are interested.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing. John Locke
We have enough dreams out there, what we need now are facts and reasoning.