One of France's leading intellectuals in a country that properly prides itself on its intellectual life, Jean-François Revel-the former angry young man-has become angrier as he has grown older. His audience benefits. Beginning with the sentence, "The foremost of all forces that drive the world is falsehood," he accuses his colleagues in the media, politicians, professors and almost anyone else who dares to voice an opinion, of bending the truth to fit their own preconceived ideology. Not that Revel has not often been accused of doing that himself. Yet he has an important and provocative point. In this age of information overdose the "truth" has become ever more difficult to discern. This he views as a threat to democracy, whose lifeblood is transparency.
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