We have never known a time without lies, propaganda, and conflicts, but this hardly means that contesting the deception of those in power does not matter. Contesting misuses of history that inform the present, this essay presents three neglected writers and storytellers who offer alternative ways of thinking with fairy tales that give me the courage to try to live and work in truth: the Russian teacher and poet, Pyotr Pavolovich Yershov (1815-1869), the French politician and scholar of jurisprudence, Édouard Laboulaye (1811-1883), and the Austrian writer and essayist, Hermynia Zur Mühlen (1883-1951).

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