A lesson from Syria: it’s crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot

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The way discredited stories spread after a chemical weapons massacre in Syria should be a matter of serious concern

What do we believe? This is the crucial democratic question. Without informed choice, democracy is meaningless. This is why dictators and billionaires invest so heavily in fake news. Our only defence is constant vigilance, rigour and scepticism. But when some of the world’s most famous crusaders against propaganda appear to give credence to conspiracy theories, you wonder where to turn.

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