This Quote Best Explains What A Demagogue Is

Demagoguery is a threat to all forms of government (democratic or not). Why do so many fall prey to the demagogue's false promises?

  1. Why do so many fall prey to the demagogue's false promises? Is it the artificial simplicity of how they explain current problems and their solutions? Is it their use or abuse of language? Please explain.
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No. 1-4
jenhath
jenhath

Oh look! If we were all stupid enough to buy it, ^ those two jingoist party b.s. lines could be a case in point.

ssmurph
ssmurph

Considering the fact that the Blue is who created the KKK, as you put it. You should really get your facts in line!

PaintTheBallotBlue
PaintTheBallotBlue

err, we have better word for that - RepubliKKKan.

arielunicorn22
arielunicorn22

There is safety in those people/politicians whom agree with what we've already convinced ourselves. The fear lies in those whom challenge our accepted knowledge. For most, safety, albeit dangerous in its own right is better than doubt. Even worse, self-doubt!

Aran
Aran

I don't think ignorance and stupidity or special skills of demagogues can effectively explain demagoguery. I think humans are innately tribal, with strong ingroup sentiments. Governments have replaced tribes, which are bigger and more powerful. A demagogue is a politician who aspires to be democratically elected as a chieftain.