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Just one word (29/06/18 11:46:25) Reply

    "A demagogue /ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from Greek δημαγωγός, a popular leader, a leader of a mob, from δῆμος, people, populace, the commons + ἀγωγός leading, leader)[1] or rabble-rouser is a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation.[1][2][3][4] Demagogues overturn established customs of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so.

    Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, it is possible for the people to give that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.[5] Demagogues usually advocate immediate, forceful action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty."

    "The word demagogue, originally meaning a leader of the common people, was first coined in ancient Greece with no negative connotation, but eventually came to mean a troublesome kind of leader who occasionally arose in Athenian democracy.[7][8] Even though democracy gave power to the common people, elections still tended to favor the aristocratic class, which favored deliberation and decorum. Demagogues were a new kind of leader who emerged from the lower classes. Demagogues relentlessly advocated action, usually violent—immediately and without deliberation.[3] Demagogues appealed directly to the emotions of the poor and uninformed, pursuing power, telling lies to stir up hysteria, exploiting crises to intensify popular support for their calls to immediate action and increased authority, and accusing moderate opponents of weakness or disloyalty to the nation. While many politicians in a democracy make occasional small sacrifices of truth, subtlety, or long-term concerns to maintain popular support, demagogues do these things relentlessly and without self-restraint."

Hail! (03/07/18 17:35:44) Reply
    It runs deep.


    Some of the Hitler`s youth are still holding to a firm belief that...

    Nothing changed. Nothing will.

Re: Just one word (07/07/18 11:30:23) Reply
    Leader of the common people.
    Just what Alexander Hamilton was afraid of. (but who was he? No royalty; just a bastard kid from the lesser Antilles.)
    But the paradox: some Caesar taking over is just what Jefferson feared from Hamilton's Federalism.

    How do we get rid of the bloke? Kill one Kaiser; Kaiser jr takes over. King and capable son vs. Babble and consensus - "you gotta wanta": you have to want to do democracy. Like Franklin said, Jefferson gave us a democracy, if we can keep it.

    So, Trump jr isn't so capable; and the designated successor, Pence, is not independently minded. Paul Ryan, 2rd in line, at least can think, but he's retiring.
Humphrey P

OT (09/07/18 18:52:10) Reply
    The Wife and I just returned from a sentimental journey: a visit to my place of birth 60 years and 1 week after I left it - and to the place where the Wife and I first discovered each other - almost to the day 40 years ago.
    It's been a closing of circles.

    And now the return of Humphrey P to this 'umble board.

Re: Everything Old Is New Again (11/07/18 02:06:05) Reply
    And who kept it 'umble? e' did!
    You have a veritable index to classic topics of the last decade "right here in River City." Comparable to the incomparable 11th edition Encyclopedia Britannica. <https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2012/apr/10/encyclopedia-britannica-11th-edition> (though, we're more often 'slant' than coherent)

    How do you think now that differs from your thinking then?

    Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise
    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind —
    Emily Dickinson
    (8th cousin 3 generations removed.)
    (Did I tell you, I've found we're all most likely related?)
Humphrey P

Re: Re: Everything Old Is New Again (12/07/18 14:17:55) Reply
    Despondent? Perhaps.
    With the job: do the right thing, but don't.
    With the old friend: return to the glorious past, and seek wisdom from the populists.
    I finally escaped - and slowly the poison diffused out of my mind.

    It's a new life.

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