The Post-Truth Society

The Post-Truth Society

– My name is Francis Fukuyama. I’m a Senor Fellow at Stanford and Director of the Center
on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law and
a Political Scientist. Someone mentioned this concept that I had not heard of previously called a post-truth society. In which it’s possible to assert things that have no factual basis. People will criticize it. Fact checkers and it makes
no difference what-so-ever that people will keep asserting it and then other large numbers of people will keep believing it
even if it’s not true. And that’s an effect that’s going to last way beyond the election, unfortunately. I think that once you sort
of breach these norms, you’re in this undefined
territory where anything can go. And I don’t think we’ve plumbed the depths
of that unfortunately. I think that a post-truth society, it’s a reflection of something deeper which is the basic lack of authority or the decline of
authority of institutions across the board. And this is not just in the United States. This is in Europe and
other places as well. So if you think about the
things that defined our society, they were corporations, labor unions, the family, churches, political parties. These are the things that structured our social and political life. Every single one of those, if you look at polling data
over the last 40, 50 years, every single one of those institutions has seen a decline in the number of people saying they trust those institutions. The causes of this, I think
are kind of complicated. I think actually technology plays a role because a lot of these institutions have actually become much,
much more transparent. And when people actually see the way that they function in reality, they don’t like it even though there’s actually been no change. So for example, I suspect if you actually
look at police shootings over time, it’s been declining
along with the crime rate over the last 30 years. But now that you’ve got body cameras and people with smart phones, it’s much more visible
because ordinary citizens can take videos of things
that have been happening for the last couple of generations. So I think that’s something
that’s been going on across the board that’s
led to this steady erosion in the confidence in public institutions.

13 thoughts on “The Post-Truth Society

  1. lack of authority?! You mean lack of credibility. The people do not trust institutions because EVERYONE lies. Corporations and Elites control everything. So people go and look for answers elsewhere, opening the door for kooks and crackpots to sell the frustrated public a bill of goods and water-filters.

    Noam Chomsky tells the truth… he is not even ALLOWED in the media. Chris Hedges tells the truth… also banned… Julian Assange told the truth and if he sets foot outside the embassy he will be killed…

    You know who is to blame?! YOU! And all your buddies who do not stand up and clearly state the truth: democracy is dead, corporations run everything.

    No. Instead you mush-mouthed intellectuals sit around feeling superior and looking down at the public. While you guys get paid good money to mentally masturbate the rest of us are in this hunger games society where at any moment you could lose EVERYTHING.


  2. Hey Professor: Do you think it might have something to do with the proliferation of Marxist inspired dogma being spewed in academia for the last 50 years or so?

  3. can u guys please calculate the total resources use in all the buildings we have in the country?  can you guys please calculate the TOTAL water, energy and ice  use in the ice bucket challenge around the world or in America? and where did all the water go? how much evaporated and where to?

  4. it just shows mental illness is in predominance….for truth certainly needs none to agree with it for it to be ultimate reality

  5. Call a spade a spade – USA has become a nation of LIARS, they lie about everything, all the time nowadays – USA = untrustworthy

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