Posted by: coastcontact | October 16, 2013


A demagogue or rabble-rouser is a political leader in a democracy who appeals to the emotions, fears, prejudices, and ignorance of the less-educated citizens in order to gain power and promote political motives. Demagogues usually oppose deliberation and advocate immediate, violent action to address a national crisis; they accuse moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness. Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in majoritarian democracy: because power is held by the most numerous group of people, one who appeals to the lowest common denominator attitudes of a large enough segment of the population can obtain power from them.  This is a Wikipedia definition.

Infamous recent demagogues

Adolph Hitler - 1937

Adolph Hitler, led the Nazi party to power in Germany by appeals to ethnic pride and conspiracy theories that blamed Jews for the nation’s economic troubles.

Joseph_McCarthyU.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, famous for accusing many people in government and the entertainment industry of being communists.

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, famous anti-government crusader whose obejctive seems to be to dismantle the U.S. Federal government.



  1. Wow- that so fits Cruz and his followers

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