A demagogue/ˈdɛməɡɒɡ/ (from Greek δημαγωγός, a popular leader, a leader of a mob, from δῆμος, people, populace, the commons + ἀγωγός leading, leader) or rabble-rouser is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues overturn established norms of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so.
Historian Reinhard Luthin defined demagogue thus: “What is a demagogue? He is a politician skilled in oratory, flattery and invective; evasive in discussing vital issues; promising everything to everybody; appealing to the passions rather than the reason of the public; and arousing racial, religious, and class prejudices—a man whose lust for power without recourse to principle leads him to seek to become a master of the masses. He has for centuries practiced his profession of ‘man of the people’. He is a product of a political tradition nearly as old as western civilization itself.”
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. Demagogues usually advocate immediate, forceful action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty.
Socrates basically was killed by a democratic decision of 500 Athens.
… the silent way to revolutionize mankind (= aka the world) can be a growing awareness of what lifestyle changes are needed to be done in order to allow a sustainable future and secure the survival of mankind.
You do not have to kill anyone for this – a little boring – changing your own lifestyle – bit by bit – step by step.
growing vegetables yourself (of course needs a piece of land? where to get it form? you will have to fight hard for it, this is where violence probably occurs) but also studying science and developing technology that allows humans to travel to distant planets and settle there – would be such thing.
In Africa – human rights – of course – are not as implemented as in Europe – I guess that is at least one reason why people from Africa want to go to Europe – because in Africa their life is worth nothing.
Nobody not even in Bulgaria will shoot them at the border.
From a neo liberal point of view: too bad slavery was abolished (you at least have to pay people a penny) – in Europe – not in Africa of course.
let’s face it: most migrants are young, poor, badly educated, male and black and probably unwilling to serve as slaves for “the system” and the poor white people that already live in Europe – also suffering heavily from the systemic destruction of the middle class.
So they are adding fuel to the pot that is about to explode – because we can not take it anymore – this capitalistic ashole death economic system is highly unsustainable and it is about to blow – congratulations all involved – the next election will elect a new hitler.
United States of Europe just does not work – or wait – we could send all male migrants back to Africa with guns – and pay them 1 Cent a day to protect Uranium mines for Europe’s nuclear reactors.
Job creation the harsh way.
All people and parties in favor of globalization and capitalism need to be seen as traitors to Europe and mankind.
They – out of their own stupidity – created this mess and up to this day do not realize their mistakes – because for 1-4% of mankind – this system “works” for the rest – it is suicide – they should go to jail or or in very bad cases hang for it.
This includes 90% of all members of parliament of the parties FDP, CDU/CSU and SPD at the age of 50+ during the last 30 years and the Ex-CEOs of irresponsible multi national companies such as Deutsche Bank and VW which are corrupt beyond the point of imagination – destroying the companies they work for – cheating on society and the people in multiple ways.
Those people have not realized their own irresponsible behaviors and hope it will have no consequences.
VW sold people cars that are dirty and defect cars and now they do now want to clean up their own mess – same as Intel with Spectre and Meltdown flaw – both companies should be forced by law to replace their faulty products and even compensate people beyond that – it would be the end of those companies – but maybe that ought to be that way.
In deatheconomy: those companies selling faulty-by-factory products now even profit from their own cheating – because politics is protecting them and move the burden once more to the poor that bought their products.
What kind of nonsense democracy is this?
A clearly dysfunctional one that will come to an very very ugly end.
Today i took a drive with my very small electric car from RENAULT (!) and i saw two male black African migrants – in front of a church – best setting ever – obviously having nothing to do.
People that have nothing to do come up with stupid and criminal ideas.
My ways was blocked 3x times.
Once by a Bulgarian family unpacking, moving to Germany – people blocking my way with their parked cars – clearly economic-refugees – i have heard Bulgaria almost has no people anymore.
Twice by Turkish people occupying the streets with their irresponsible behavior.
So this is it.
The Germany of 2019.
A major catastrophe but still better off than the rest of the world?
Unbelievable to me.
People in Greece, Spain and France that we call friends must be so bad off – at the brink of starvation – i completely understand the Gilets Jaunes protest – if Germany is still the “best off” in Europe.
Gilets Jaunes and all other revolutionaries should:
team up with like minded people – write a plan
there IS NO SOLUTION WITHIN THE CURRENT SYSTEM, so “tax justice” will not be enough, you need to come up with a complete new innovative way of government that can do intelligent decision making in the interest of 99% – mankind desperately needs to test new ways of government – or risk a fall-back into dictatorship – which is a step-back because if you think “that’s okay i can control the dictator” – well this failed in history multiple times.
give the violent “black block” targets worth taking – so their actions are not “random” and seen as “terror” to the public and the police
use new technologies to organize and communicate – teach encryption (always use as free as possible linux + tor-browser bundle + https, chats, enigmail + pgp on mails)
meet up with elected politicians, team up with industrialist and bankers
work out a new form of governmental system – does not have to be perfect – at this point almost any form is better than what we have now (direct democracy would be a nice try)
remove the current system
implement their version of governance
the currently politicians ought to help in the process or get out of the way or hang
Why am i saying this?
The French Revolution in 1789 removed a corrupt system and ENABLED FIRST DEMOCRACY IN EUROPE!
I go even as far as saying that without foreign intervention the revolution would have stayed peaceful.
So the new powers emerging very fast need to learn how to shield itself off from foreign interventions that try to shift powers and “play it out” in their interest – install “their pro-country-x leader”
PS: Unfortunately you can not expect revolutions to start in Germany – Germans are good intellectuals and machine builders, but bad very bad at revolutions. (even Hitler’s revolution has failed)
PS: Thanks for reading – i really appreciate the value of your time.
For life is precious.
And the current system is unable to organize it in a way that values human time.
PSS: Because of the events unfolding – we you me will not even have the time to think and act responsibly – it is hard to do that in this fast paste capitalistic death economy that get’s worse by the day.
PSSS: Europe =IS NOT EQUAL TO= EU, EU and Euro-Currency are human made faulty constructions.
First of Mai Demonstrations mostly peaceful
… despite what you might have heard. Most Western Media Outlets (in contrast to Russian) did not seem to want to cover this event extensively.
First of Mai Demonstration in Berlin
… at the same time in impoverished East-Germany (former DDR)
while at the same time 1200 people demonstrated against fascism.
… Millennials will have a hard time just to keep the living standard of their parents. (most won’t)
a strong middle-class was the basement of the Western Economy – it has been sucked out.
I blame the utterly unsustainable nature of unlimited free-trade capitalism and THE BANKS (Central and Private) for it.
the current monetary debt-money-by-private-banks-system is a unsustainable catastrophe
monopolies do not work forever
Unlimited (no limit in the amount of wealth a single individual can acquire, like possess a million houses or the whole planet?) to form monopolies = trade in balance (dependencies on things people need to survive: energy, medicine, food/seeds, you name it) – thus the bigger companies get even bigger (right now you can observe a lot of mergers – that is exactly that).
Merge – merge – acquire – until there are only one bank, one oil company, one electricity company, one car company building cars (without jobs, only robots) for the whole planet – but not selling them cheap.
Profit creation without job creation + falling wages?
With what income are people supposed to buy these cars?
More private household debt ain’t going to cut it.
It is the dilemma of in balance by monopolies – it just does not work or is massively unsustainable (works only short term) – the same with trade in balances (it is exactly the same as in-debt house holds but on a nation level).
Yes – you can create more money and give it to the poor to avoid revolution and riots – but we also need sustainable role model lifestyles:
generating your own electricity (learning how to setup solar power systems and batteries)
grow your own food
learn how to recycle your waste
learn how to build stuff yourself
… all of this is a lot of work but greatly REDUCES your trade-deficit = dependency on monopolies – why not praise it with a little extra money from the state?
Great, thanks all involved, what now?
evolution or revolution?
We will have to change the way we live (aka “The World”) – the old ways ain’t workin’ no more.
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