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Knowledge and its dissidents

March 13, 2017

Leave voters are less trusting of experts than Remain voters. That doesn’t make them more skeptical overall. After all, they trusted the pundits who sold them Brexit. It’s a matter of where they place their trust.

The death of expertise makes people more vulnerable to modern propaganda. Here in the US, religious fundamentalism was the large, cultural move away from expertise.

There are quite a few articles claiming that Robert Mercer escalated the propaganda process this election, based on social media data. Maybe so. Maybe not.

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