the masses are vulnerable to absolutely every influence you allude to
i agree with you wholeheartedly
throw in some more scenarios
and top it off with some fanciful accusation sof the masses
blindness, fear, gullbility, not caring, caring too much, hysteria, herd instinct, etc... throw it all in
and oyu know what?
I AGREE WITH YOU 100%
but this is where you haven't seem to have been able to think through your pov:
any SUBSET of the masses- the elite, the technocrats, the oligarchs, the aristocrats, the "well informed" (read: "the well propagandized") the "well educated" (read: "the well indoctrinated")...
THEY ARE ALL CAPABLE OF THE SAME FALLIBILITIES THE MASSES ARE
when the masses screw up, the masses pay for their mistakes
when the elites srew up, THE MASSES MAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES
do you see the fucking difference???!!!
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MAGICAL SUBSET OF THE POPULATION THAT KNOWS BETTER THAN THE POPULATION ABOUT WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE POPULATION!
in the 1950s, mao dreamt of a "great leap forward"
he was going to launch china into the industrial age by putting, get this, an iron smelter in every peasants hut
WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS
WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES
FROM MAO ON DOWN TO THE INCOHERENT ILLETERATE PEASANT
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MORE INTELLIGENT, BETTER EDUCATED, MORE WELL INTENTIONED GROU OF SUPERTRUSTWORTHY HUMAN BEINGS!
so how do we solve the problem of ruling the masses?
THE MASSES DECIDE
it's called legitimacy: if the masses screw up, they throw the bum out they elected
but if the elites screw up and THE MASSES PAY FOR THE MISTAKE, what do the elites do?
"so sorry, but we know better than you do, so we're ghoing to keep on going right on down this destructive road that hurts you because we simply know better, you stupid simpleton"
and the masses have no way of removing these elitist assholes- the govt doesn't work that way anymore, it's not a democracy!
you're attitude WORKS AGAINST DEMOCRACY ITSELF
you don't see how all your pov leads to is a situation society has been in before, like france, shortly before the french revolution
you simply don't understand human history, and place your trust in places you shouldn't place your trust: the magical, illusionary "trustworthy leader" as if there exists someone, somewhere deserving of that trust
there isn't such a person!
so you trust to the masses, becuase every single issue you have brought up IS ABOUT WHO LEADS THE MASSES
you can't phrase a questino to me concerning the issue at hand about somebody knowing better than the masses, because the subject matter at hand concerns who leads the masses!
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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