As a political consultant once described it, it’s like bringing a library book to a gunfight. We’ve gone through a phase change. Shopping around for the right set of facts is what lawyers do and what political actors have done for a long time. But this is different. Now we’re seeing people embrace specific sets non-facts as expressions of personal political identity.

Democracy is pretty cool. We should try it some time. Voting rights, science policy, political communication and grassroots activism.

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