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Facts and Myths on Everything

FactMyth.com is a fact-checking website that presents a collection of facts and myths. It is an educational resource full of explainer videos, citations, historylogic, and science.

We fact-check the conclusions of peer-reviewed journals, the classics, Netflix documentaries, historians’ accounts of history, smart TV shows, YouTube videos, economic theories, popular science, folklore, commonly held beliefs, and other academically minded “factoids” (claims) passed around culture and media.

After researching a “factoid”, curating the best citations and videos we can find in the process, we rate the overarching statement as “fact” or “myth“, and then explain our position in as simple and clear terms as possible. Users can rate factoids too, confirming “facts” or calling “myth” on our findings. Keep in mind that we aren’t experts, we are researchers, and the hunt for truth is a collective process of “questioning everything” (feel free to join in on the fun by commenting!)

With the above said, FactMyth.com isn’t a place to debate emotionally charged topics (we cover political science, but try to avoid current politics for example). The focus is on high-level academic information (including facts and myths on history, geography, people, the artssciences, maths, and philosophies) and practical information (including facts and myths related to self help, healthskill-sets, technology, finance, and culture). In this way the site doubles as a free online university for general knowledge (or at least an encyclopedia or reference guide to interesting and useful truths).

We ask a bit of the reader intellectually, but we try to keep it simple and “explain it like you are five”. Help us level up the collective intelligence of the internet by commenting and sharing. There is cake! If you’re not feeling epistemological, you’re not paying attention! Learn more.


Policy is Different Than Politics Fact

Politics and policy are different aspects of government. Policy makers must reconcile policy (specific actionable rules) with politics (political ideology, party politics, and policy implementation).


Hitler Was a Socialist Myth

The idea that “Hitler was a socialist” is a myth. Hitler was a Fascist. Fascism has some socialist roots, but it is a unique authoritarian and nationalist ideology separate from socialism.

Plato’s Five Regimes

Plato discusses five regimes (five forms of government) in his Republic, Book VIII. They are Aristocracy, Timocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny.

The Black Vote and National Politics

We look at the effect of the black voter on the balance of political power in the two-party system. From the three-fifths to voter ID, the black vote has driven national politics since day one.

What is a Polity?

Classically speaking, the term Polity means “state” or “form of government”, but implies an “ideal state” or “ideal form of government”.

The Spheres of Human Understanding

All knowledge, all human understanding, can be said to be of four types: physical (empirical), logical (reason), ethical (philosophy in-action), and metaphysical (pure philosophy).

Giving Names to Concepts

To discuss something properly, it helps to name it. That can mean naming a concept, an abstraction of an existing concept, or a theory. Without naming it, it is hard to talk about.


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