Why America's political crisis runs deeper than ideology

Western elites tend to assume that their way of thinking is the only valid mode of thought.

A police munition causes an explosion as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington on Jan 6, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

(FINANCIAL TIMES) It has been just two months since former United States president Barack Obama solemnly told The Atlantic magazine that his country was "entering into an epistemological crisis".

"If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what's true from what's false, then by definition, the marketplace of ideas doesn't work," he declared. "And by definition, our democracy doesn't work."

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