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FactMyth.com is a collection of facts and myths that doubles as an educational resource full of explainer videos, citations, historylogic, and science.

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The Founding Fathers Supported Slavery Myth

Slavery was legal when America was founded, but few founding fathers fully supported the nefarious institution. In fact, many founders fought to limit and abolish slavery.

The General Election Decides the President Myth

Votes cast for President and Vice President in the general election are advisory votes, the President and Vice President aren’t decided until the electors’ direct votes are cast and counted.

The United States is a Corporation Myth

Despite misconceptions, the United States is not a corporation. This can be confirmed by its lack of incorporating acts, its sovereign immunity, and past court cases, among other things.

A Third Party Can’t Win Myth

Third Parties can win elections, but they rarely do. This is because the United States of America has a two-party system in practice.

The United States Has a Two-Party System Myth

Despite two parties dominating politics due to a majority being needed to win elections, the United States doesn’t officially have a two-party system. Parties aren’t even mentioned in the Constitution.

What is Reason?

Reason is the application of “pure logic”, empirical evidence, experiment, and skepticism to find truths, facts, and theories (AKA “critical thinking”).

Re-Defining Social Capitalism

Social Capitalism can be defined as a socially minded form of capitalism, where the goal is philanthropy, rather than just the accumulation of capital.

What is Liberalism?

Liberalism is a political ideology of liberty and equality, where classical liberalism focuses on individual liberty and social liberalism focuses on social equality.

Understanding Explicit Bias and Implicit Bias

Explicit bias is conscious bias, implicit bias is subconscious bias. Everyone has natural implicit and explicit bias, it’s part of being human and what shapes our actions and attitudes.

Advice for Faithless Electors

The article below is written as advice to potential “faithless electors” thinking about how to vote in 2016, but doubles as a lesson in civics regarding the powers and responsibilities of the U.S. Electoral College.


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