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“The Enemy of the People”: The Traveling Meme

Part III: “The Enemy of the People”: From Rhetoric to Criminal Act

Today in the US the meme “fake news is the enemy of the people” carries with it an evolving history of import that includes not only a lying press but as well counter-establishment rumor, planted hoax, secret plot, coterie of assassins, purging of subgroups, international conspiracy, divided nation, … Read more

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“The Enemy of the People”: The Traveling Meme

Part II. “Fake News is the Enemy of the People” as International Conspiracy

As I argue, historically the meme “Fake News is the Enemy of the People” expresses fear of more than just the press. A little study of Robespierre and the second phase of the French Revolution shows how fake news (fausses nouvelles) included rumor and hoaxes … Read more

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“The Enemy of the People”: The Traveling Meme

Part I. Fake Rumor As the Enemy of the People

Robespierre, Lenin, Hitler, and Stalin used the phrase “enemy of the people” to jail and execute individuals and groups they saw as opponents. In spring 2017, when the elected President of the United States began repeatedly declaring that “fake news is the enemy of the people,” several commentators noted the … Read more