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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Although Al-Assir deserves to be detained and tried, the Lebanese justice seems to be in its worst days as authorities arrest a religious preacher for his demagogy and inciting violence but allows murderers to remain at large because they are protected by Hezbollah!
Furthermore, what has happened in Spain has also taken place in Ireland, Portugal, Italy, and even in countries which, like Greece, until now represented the paradigm of social laxity, the lack of budget rigor, and political demagogy. States like Belgium and especially France and Holland, which until now have appeared unaffected by the drive to reform, are also being forced to reconsider the very grounds for the volume of their public spending and for the structure of their welfare state.
The appearance of a brigade of the out-of-work outside the temples and corridors of money and power along Wall Street was enough to drive many of mainstream media's talking heads and Washington's bought-and-paid-for politicians into a frenzy of fear-mongering and demagogy. Cries of class warfare filled the airwaves; the Occupy Wall Street protestors were dismissed as a mob of lazy malcontents, losers, the easily duped.
He believed such methods would lead to demagogy. In that sense Barry Gibson is much closer to Plato's view than is Mr Morrell.
Professor Biljana Vankovska comments that the last elections showed that the two major political parties in Macedonia are competing in the same discipline - demagogy coupled with populism.
If we tolerate such demagogy now, we will have to tolerate the many African Gaddafis who are amongst our rulers, who will one day do the same to us.
He refers to himself as a historian, but apparently his personal study of history has primarily taught him about the effectiveness of demagogy.
"The establishment of the Council today attests to an abiding desire to steer clear of demagogy and improvisation as we strive to build our democratic development model on a solid foundation," the Sovereign added.
This sounds more like populism, or as Chris Ward has put it, "plebiscitary demagogy," not democracy.
It was in this respect that the Western half of Ukraine, which avoided demagogy, was more promising.
According to reports, it appeared to be a case of singling out a community, creating an easy scapegoat, ethnically-based penalty, trying to gain political capital by targeting helpless people, attempting to divert attention from serious issues, racism, avoiding underlying issues and solving real problems, demagogy, pushing xenophobic logic, exploiting the populist sensitivities, scandalous, racist targeting, etc., Rajan Zed and Jonathan Freirich argued.
Drama is not equal to theatrical performances that capitalize on hollow rhetoric or pure demagogy. It is rather the personal embodiment of a leader's moral and political blueprint, using a creative mishmash of gesture politics, elements of surprise, and a sensible dose of excitement in order to raise awareness and foster acquiescence.