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Truth Be Told — Saving Our Endangered Democracy

By Frances Moore Lappé / August 9, 2021

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock by Dmitry Demidovich)

Originally Published on Common Dreams, August 9, 2021

How can a democracy committed to freedom of speech protect itself against damaging lies? That’s a tough and urgent question with which our nation must now grapple.

The Big Lie—still believed by one-half of Republicans—led to deaths on January 6th, and lies about Covid vaccines are “killing people,” affirmed Scientific American. Speed is part of their power. “Falsehoods are 70 percent more likely to be retweeted than the truth and reach their first 1,500 recipients six times faster,” finds MIT’s Media lab.