February 16, 2018

The wars on democracy and truth

The “War on Truth” is a new and somewhat useful cliché. But like any short phrase, it isn’t perfectly accurate. In particular:

*There also are a number of semantic and epistemological issues around the concept of “truth”, but let’s put those aside for now

For starters, let’s note: 

If that were as far as it went, I might accept the idea of a single “War on Truth”, notwithstanding the extent to which authoritarian leaders can be enemies to each other. But we also have:

“Truth” is at risk in many ways, only some of which come in the form of coordinated, warlike attacks.


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