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Old March 13, 2013, 11:08 AM   #26
Evan Thomas
Join Date: July 7, 2008
Location: Upper midwest
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Heck, overhead, it goes back at least to ancient Greece -- see this Wikipedia article on demagogues.

Here's a taste:
Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, nothing stops the people from giving that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population.
Sound familiar?
Formerly known as Vanya.
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