The Washington post:”History proves how dangerous it is to have the government regulate fake news”

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Copenhagen, Denmark — In the 4th century B.C., Athenian orator Demosthenes remarked that the difference between Athenian democracy and Spartan oligarchy was that in Athens, a person could praise the Spartan Constitution and criticize the Athenian one, whereas in Sparta, praising any other constitution was forbidden. This litmus test is still relevant for democracies more than 2,000 years later. But it is equally crucial for a genuine liberal democracy that no one, and particularly no official institution, gets to determine the truth in matters of politics and public debate.

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