Rancid wrote:This is true, but it's also very easy to manipulate people into feeling unsafe/secure regardless of whether or not they are unsafe/secure. In fact, that's the playbook for the Trump campaign, make people believe they will be less safe if Biden is president. For example, get people to believe Biden wants to defund all police, whether that's true or not (it's not) it doesn't matter. What matters if that people believe it, perception is king. As long as you can create certain perception in people's heads, that's what matters, and Trump is really good at doing that. Basically, fuck reality, just tell people what they want to hear, even if it's unrealistic, even if it's batshit crazy. This strategy is in one of Trumps books "play to people's fantasies."
I think Trump uses these methods of manipulation to play to peoples fears more than anything. If that means lying to play to peoples fears, then that's what he'll do. This is also the playbook of republicans. Talk about immigrants "taking your jobs" and play to those fears to get elected. But, once they are in power, they don't have any real goals to achieve anything meaningful for the people nor do they have a plan to do so.
Eventually, over the long term, this strategy of playing to peoples fears begins to fall apart. This sort of strategy of playing to peoples fears whether real or imagined is the playbook of dictators and despots and I learned how this sort of thing was done by dictators and despots that started wars on my overseas tours. Their strategy not only involves playing to peoples fears, but also dividing people and getting them against each other.
Keeping people divided and against each other is their strategy to stay in power. But in the long term, this strategy is very likely to fail. Milsoevic in the Balkans did this kind of thing and ultimately, as a former of head of state, he ended up convicted of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia. See these kinds of people are cons and frauds and don't have a goal or plan to meet peoples needs and dreams. Their goal and plan is staying in power at any cost no matter what.
But in the long term, it always come backs to haunt them. And that's how it was with Milosevic when he ultimately met his fate as a war criminal in front of a court of law. See, I have seen this before. But these dictators are ultimately short sighted and unwise and don't understand the path they are taking themselves as well as others on.
"Just do one thing or the other, don’t try to be two people at once." -Arthur from Red Dead Redemption 2