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Fear, Factions and Fringes -- Truth In Between -

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' Critical thinking is always difficult, but it is almost impossible when we are scared. There is no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear. Knowledge is our best protection against unreasoning prejudice and panic-making fear. These fears, coupled with the internet era, which has increasingly divided us into tribes, pushes us to the fringes and radicalizes disparate factions. From the fringes came two seemingly unlikely candidates for President in 2016. In hindsight, after reviewing the build-up of fear since 2001, the rise of both candidates could’ve been predicted. ' And so, the disinformation campaign, where lies are weaponized drives our decisions on voting.

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