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Irony, “Alternative Facts,” and “Fake News”

For Reinhold Niebuhr, irony is a condition of public discourse. The ironic signals the presence of what he called group “egotism” – the tendency of human groups to assert their self-interest, often to the exclusion or detriment of other group interests.

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Reinhold Niebuhr and the Taming of Cynicism

Each passing day seems to bring new examples that justify the description of ours as a “cynical age.” Although cynicism can crop up at any level of human life, it is most readily apparent in the higher echelons of government…

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