Also Known as “Diplomacy”

We already know that those fat-cat D.C. politicians never do anything but lie. But, frankly, the constant stream of falsehoods emitted by regular, unelected people has exactly the same set of motivations: (1) to hide an adulterous affair, (2) to avoid offending another person to preserve an important relationship, (3) for the overwhelming love of country. Lying is the slippery lube that eases the friction that characterizes human interaction. So John Mearsheimer’s book, Why Leaders Lie, could also be read as a simple primer on interpersonal relationships. The University of Chicago international-relations scholar reads from his book, explaining the circumstances surrounding various types of political lies and the repercussions that ensue, at 6:30 p.m., following a 6 p.m. reception, at the Kansas City, Missouri, Central Library (14 West 10th Street). Call 816-701-3407 to reserve a seat. If you’re taking a date, consider telling your spouse you’re hiking the Appalachian trail.

Wed., April 6, 6:30 p.m., 2011