People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked…The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
This video is about 45 minutes long, but I recommend the whole thing. If any of you have read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged you will recognize themes from those novels playing out in real life. James O’Keefe even paraphrases the architect, Howard Rourke (from The Fountainhead) which was appropriate considering what Rourke went through in the novel.