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Re: Fw: [RC] OT-Big win for horses in the House! - Diane Trefethen

Barbara McCrary wrote:
I've read that only the wealthy in Europe eat horse meat. Why is it that anytime someone opposes an issue, the "wealthy" are always blamed as being contributors to the problem?

It is a demagogic trick, employed primarily by individuals or organizations that have a real stake (financial, power, self-interest) in the argument at hand. They identify a large segment of the population that they wish to sway to their side and then claim that someone or some group their target audience either dislikes, fears or envies is against what ever the demagogue is favoring. Thus, they convince a large number of people to support their position without ever having to present a single logical argument. There is the added benefit that since the support is based on subconscious emotions which ARE real to the people, it is doubly difficult to get them to change their minds based on mere facts, logic and reasoning which may involve concepts that are foreign and/or hard to grasp.


Neat, huh!


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