Lockdown live: ‘The politics of truth’

Join Marcus Gilroy-Ware, Sarah Jaffe, Thomas Konda and Hilary Wainwright to tackle conspiracy theories, fake news, and the increasing precarity of 'truth'

March 4, 2021 · 2 min read

Have we entered an age of post-truth politics? Can anything stop the spread of conspiracy theories and fake news?

Facts, statistics and official figures are becoming an increasingly fragile foundation for democratic politics around the world. But this decay is symptomatic of the neoliberalism they espouse. Against a backdrop of anti-vaxxers, 5G truthers, Q-Anon believers, Covid-deniers and a ‘stolen election’, join Red Pepper and Repeater Books as we make sense of these ‘alternate realities’ and what drives them.

Watch live on Thursday 4 March, from 7pm, via Facebook or right here:


*** Marcus Gilroy-Ware, a researcher and teacher working at the intersection of politics, culture and communication, and author of Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism and Social Media and After the Fact? The Truth About Fake News.

*** Sarah Jaffe, Type Media Center fellow and independent journalist covering the politics of power, from the workplace to the streets, and author of Work Won’t Love You Back and Necessary Trouble. Jaffe wrote “Back in action: report on the US labour movement” for our Spring 2020 issue.

*** Thomas Konda, professor emeritus of political science at State University of New York at Plattsburgh, and author of Conspiracies of Conspiracies: How Delusions Have Overrun America. Konda wrote “The Conspiracy Election” for our Winter 2020 issue.

*** Chaired by Hilary Wainwright, founding editor of Red Pepper and author of A New Politics from the Left.

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