Thursday, 2 June 2016

demagoguery

One thing that is universal is that as long as people have populated this planet there are those who presume to speak with knowledge they clearly don’t possess. They take their own life experience and use that to pronounce themselves on how things should be instead of how they are.

It’s a universal phenomenon and applicable to any issue you can think of.

If I could change one thing it would be that. If you lack the proper information about an issue and cannot relate to another person’s experience simply mind your own business and don’t pretend that you can counsel them.

The driving force behind this phenomenon is human fear and prejudice. We fear what we don’t understand and assume the worst.

Look at the fear and loathing coming from conservative circles over transgender bathrooms as an example. The hyperbole is staggering and suddenly transgender people are being portrayed as molesters rather than as people who don’t want to be persecuted for who they are.

This is fear mongering and pandering to the lowest common denominator.

Donald Trump, who is a demagogue in his own right, uses this strategy to perfection. He spews unintelligible statements and changes his mind on a daily basis on a variety of issues he barely understands but he does so with conviction say his supporters. They are as half-witted as he is and no more educated because we unfortunately live in an era of anti-intellectualism and faux-news that panders to a captive base.

I used to not understand how someone like Hitler was able to rise to power but now I do. Demagoguery can do much if you wrap it in patriotic speeches which fan the embers of deep-seated prejudices.

Human nature is what it is and some things improve while some get worse. It just seems to happen in cycles.


 

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