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Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020: The Year of the Post-Truth

The mind-numbing speed and draconian irrationality with which major democratic nations have decimated their economy and culture in the first five months of 2020, and forced millions of innocent people to commit professional harakiri and forgo their life’s ambitions, is a sign that the world has entered the post-truth age of politics. Facts and truth no longer have the power to influence the government’s policies; the political debate is now a play of clever arguments (often specious) and emotional melodrama. The public opinion, driven by the mainstream media, is blind and its fickleness is terrifying to watch—the biggest concerns that humanity faces, according to the mainstream media, are: climate change, global pandemic, gender, racism, sexism, misogyny, and minority rights. Seeking facts and truth is a proof of irrational behavior; rationality in the post-truth age entails being in awe of the clever arguments and emotional melodrama of the politicians in power, the intellectuals and experts in TV, and the mobs in the streets.

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