Demagogy


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Demagogy

 

deceit by false promises, flattery, and intentional distortion of facts. Demagogy is widely used by bourgeois politicians and their opportunistic underlings to win the confidence of the masses. It is especially widespread in election campaigns and in the yellow press and broadcasting in capitalist countries.

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The mentioned letters were based on precarious accusations, incompetent demands, often pure untruth, political demagogy and abstract insinuations as well as pre-election shows in all televisions soon met with approval of some public organizations and individual persons what triggered agiotage in mass media.
Let us suppose that out of demagogy and conspiracy, Karzai accepts your call and puts Fahim aside, will the treason and corruption evaporate off this nation in the presence of the mentioned traitors?
Admittedly, the labels and the rationalizations employed to exclude Jews have changed, but the same techniques of slander, demagogy, disinformation, stigmatization, and intimidation are still used by the boycotters.
Concerning this approach, David Bosch notes that "revolutionary action is raised almost to the level of sacred liturgy, conflict becomes an all-embracing hermeneutical key, and the mobilization of hatred and demagogy an inescapable duty.
There will be more of this kind of demagogy as the campaign comes to a climax," he predicted, "with Reagan using code words and phrases to let the electorate know his right-wing stand on racial issues without his having to voice outright racist sentiments.
It is clear that demagogy is the real reason behind these invocations of our communist legacy and not the attempt to overcome the burdens of the past.
It is also worth noting how even as Ahmadinejad has continued his demagogy, playing a sort of variant of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi, his government has shown good judgment recently.
Where is the edge between the populism and responsibility for the country, where and how adherence to democratic principles transforms into demagogy and permanent instability, where freedom of the speech overgrows into the right to intentional and venal lying and vilifying everyone and everything?
An atomistic, materialistic society is an open field for the rule of demagogy because it is an amorphous heap of minuscule private interests.
Observers believe that it is high time for al-Bashir to stop the demagogy and face up to the reality of the consequences of the atrocities he has committed against the people of Sudan in Darfur.
She also said that one of the central security challenges faced by the US government is "how to better communicate in a way that gets through the rhetoric and through the demagogy and is heard by people who can make judgements about what we stand for and who we truly are".