A activist-friend of mine alerted me to these thoughts compiled on rsn.org
Facts are powerful. This is why autocratic rulers make such an effort to suppress inconvenient truths. (Kenneth Roth) By now we know that, too often, the opposite of a lie is not the truth, but another lie. (A Gomez). And, yes, never forget: Patriotism is the last refuge grabbed by many of these autocratic rulers.
Populist rulers are a special breed. (Some come to mind to you…?)
• They claim to know what people want.
• They are not interested in nuanced debate.
• They read any criticism of themselves as an attack on ‘the people’.
• Only they know what the nation wants and, accordingly, only they can govern it properly.
• Claiming that anyone who opposes them is thwarting their wonderful intentions, they keep hounding opponents; they need scapegoats.
• They are prone to changing laws, regulations and constitutional clauses to perpetuate their power.
• They limit media freedom, suppress civil society activism and monopolise their grip on state institutions.
• They keep casting themselves as representatives of the ‘silent majority’.
• They promote technocratic ideas according to which there are no alternatives to the market-driven policies.
The big issue here is whether public interest civil society organizations and the media keep a check on them. The way to resist populism is to insist on pluralism, diversity and broad-based controversial debate. (Jan-Werner Mueller).
So siapa makan cili … If the hat fits …