The answer is that authority has an unshakable faith in the image of virtue it calls itself. Authority knows the thousand lies and shenanigans out of which it was created. But authority does not regard these as its true character. Its true character is not what it is, but what it can induce people to believe it is. Thus, until it is led off to the guillotine for its villainies, its true character is always glory and beneficence.
Ben Hecht, Perfidy (New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1961), 188.
This may seem a particularly cynical view of the world, but it was written in the shadow of unspeakable tragedy and horror abetted by those in positions of trust and power. But it also contains the clarion call to a direct and forthright campaign. Authority built on “lies and shenanigans” will eventually lead to a self-deluded leadership that will move society forward more by accident than plan. To have “true character,” requires a dedication to virtue instead of “the image of virtue.” It is therefore to virtue that we commend ourselves and this campaign.