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In the Trump Era, We Are Losing the Ability to Distinguish Reality from Vacuum by Masha Gessen

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Masha Gessen on asserting and maintaining a fact-based reality amid the everyday disorientation of the Trump Administration. 'Throughout the 20th century, writers and thinkers who faced reality-destroying regimes kept producing similar recipes. “Live not by lies,”  Solzhenitsyn wrote.   Václav Havel pondered the predicament of living, unquestioningly, “inside the lie” & the uncanny power of stepping outside of i t. In our case, stepping outside the lie means refusing—stubbornly, consistently, incrementally—to lend credence to the opposite of politics, the opposite of diplomacy, and the opposite of sanity. That would require thinking, reading, and speaking critically: not treating an outburst as though it were politics, a tantrum as though it were diplomacy, and a delusion as though it were aspiration. The good news is that this is not an entirely impossible task.”

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