I grew up in a communist country. From my experience, nobody around me ever believed in the state propaganda - nobody said anything about it in public, but we all made fun of it in private. At the time, we were also envious of the free countries like America.Marcel at David Friedman's blog.
It took me a while to find out that in America, people do believe the state propaganda. It was quite a shock.
But the analogy doesn't fit - communism is an unelected government, with no voter check.
Democracy, on the other hand, has elected officials, who have to answer to voters.
While this doesn't mean you should fully trust democratically elected officials - it does argue that there should be less skepticism than in a communist system.
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