Populists find rich pickings among fans who don't care about truth

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- businesslive.co.za | 3 weeks ago

One of the most dangerous shifts in recent years is the impunity with which political leaders are able to divorce words from reality.

From Donald Trump to Boris Johnson, Jacob Zuma and Julius Malema, there is a cavalier sense of verbal immunity. They seem to feel little requirement to base their statements on truth or evidence, but consider themselves free to utter any fib or slur that serves their immediate purpose.

Politicians have always lied.

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