Disinformation Is Catalyzing the Spread of Authoritarianism Worldwide | The Smirking Chimp

In this, they have a structural advantage over those who remain invested in pluralistic democracy. It is anathema to most of them to fight fire with fire–to stoop to using similar tactics–and as we know, a lie travels halfway around the world before the truth can put on its boots.

Unless this asymmetry is addressed in some fashion–and it’s not an easy nut to crack–historians may look back at the early 21st century and conclude that this was the time when it became apparent that liberal democracy is fundamentally incompatible with the internet and it’s free-wheeling information infrastructure.

Disinformation Is Catalyzing the Spread of Authoritarianism Worldwide | The Smirking Chimp