Dimitris John Raptis

910 days ago

Very insightful on Trump and demagogues, populists and liars and how they rise. Not convinced about the solution proposed (calling these people out won't shift opinions on then, as has repeatedly been proven), but insight into their modus operandi is still useful: there is indeed a vacuum on emotional appeal and romanticism in political discourse, as most leaders rely on rational appeal and reason, and it is this vacuum that such people fill. Alternatives should be provided if they are to be battled.

How Demagogues Rise


Consider the picture of a Trump rally above for a moment. You know what it resembles — right? Nope. Don’t take my word for it: Abraham Foxman, the former head of the ADL, has called the above no mere uncanny cosmic coincidence, but deliberately reminiscent of Hitler salutes at Nazi rallies.