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You all have heard me talk about Hanlon’s Razor “Never attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by stupidity” and how recently I feel like this razor no longer holds meaning b/c most of what we’re seeing in human society the world over now cannot simply be stupidity, but is malicious in nature.

Here’s a 5 minute video on a German Pastor named Bonhoeffer who chronicled what lead to the rise of authoritarian power during the Nazi regime. He made a valid argument that ‘stupidity’ has a role….but I think that probably applies far more to the common man than the leaders who maliciously push the current agenda
 

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but I think that probably applies far more to the common man than the leaders who maliciously push the current agenda
This is a spot on observation.

I'd say that another way to think about stupidity is that it's willful ignorance.

Still, sometimes there are other compelling reasons that explain political viewpoints that are illogical. I was thinking yesterday about the destruction that liberals, leftists, statists, socialists (whatever you want to call them) have wrought upon black Americans as a whole and why black Americans as a whole are their most loyal voting group. If there was ever a group of people who should logically understand the potential dangers of government, black Americans should be it. I came up with five reasons why leftists are able to use racism to keep the vast majority of black Americans voting for them.
1) It's hard to convince someone that something that was once true (racism) is no longer true.
2) It's much harder to convince someone that they've been fooled than it is to fool someone. Nobody wants to believe that they're dupable.
3) It's human nature to blame others for personal failures.
4) Fear of rejection from the minority actually causes more peer pressure than fear of rejection from the majority. People simply don't want to be perceived as disloyal to those they view as more like them than others.
5) It's hard to compete with Santa Claus. The promise of free stuff or I'm going to do for you is appealing to anyone who's not skeptical. It's especially appealing to those who have less and feel powerless to change their lives.

The malicious are masters at manipulating human nature.
 

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I need to add another that I just thought of because it has an impact on all of us.
6) It's human nature to mitigate risk. People don't really believe claims from politicians that other people are going to put them back in to slavery, but they're not willing to take a chance that it might be true.
 

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I need to add another that I just thought of because it has an impact on all of us.
6) It's human nature to mitigate risk. People don't really believe claims from politicians that other people are going to put them back in to slavery, but they're not willing to take a chance that it might be true.
The bigger and scarier the perceived risk and the smaller the perceived cost, the more this is true. "That scary man wants to kill you, and if you just give me ten dollars a day I'll prevent him from doing that' is a pretty easy sell.

Even more so if the perceived cost is negligible. "Don't worry, it's already paid for.'
 

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He made a valid argument that ‘stupidity’ has a role….but I think that probably applies far more to the common man than the leaders who maliciously push the current agenda
There is probably a positive feedback loop. Several politicians express what their base wants. The base picks up the talking points from the leaders and parrots the information. The leaders see the signal and reinforce the talking points. The base picks up the talking points...

I would find that it is just as likely that a 3rd party kicks off the loop and then the politicians & populous keep reinforcing that idea.
 

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There is probably a positive feedback loop. Several politicians express what their base wants. The base picks up the talking points from the leaders and parrots the information. The leaders see the signal and reinforce the talking points. The base picks up the talking points...

I would find that it is just as likely that a 3rd party kicks off the loop and then the politicians & populous keep reinforcing that idea.
There is value in this idea....it's a tangent of a thought I've wrestled with in the past......the degree of organic vs inorganic cooperation and what either conclusion means at the individual level.

JFK famously said we are opposed by a monolithic conspiracy....but does it really matter if the guy throwing rocks and the guy replacing broken windows are in cahoots?
 
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