Friday essay: turning up the level of civilisation


In October 2005 Stephen Colbert was just starting his eponymous show. It is somewhat chilling to realise that this was when he came up with the word truthiness: it seems so now.

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It has taken a while to reach maturity and morphed into the even more menacing trumpiness.

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