A Really Good Idea
It is no great revelation to say that the feelings of indignation and/or fear, particularly in recent days, have proven themselves to be powerful forces for major political decisions or movements. It should also be reasonable to say that those who fear or are indignant — at least in the cases I’m alluding to — are predominantly white working class/lower income populations. And while we can never predict anything with certainty, it’s likely that these movements or decisions will prove disastrous not just for non-supporters, but also the supporters themselves. Ultimately, they have voted or are voting against their own interests.
This is unfortunate, but not surprising. When you feel disenfranchised, and that no-one is looking out for you, the merest bit of attention or appeal is, well, appealing. Powerful figures can build a significant base on votes of the previously-forgotten. All they need to do is capitalise on anger and fear, selling the idea that, once they’re the ones in charge, things will turn around. They don’t even need to say how — poor folks will just buy it. Emotion trumps reason, as they say.
So, what must be done to ensure that this doesn’t keep happening? It is clear that the working class vote is an important one. It’s also clear that it is susceptible to abuse. Were they better informed, to either question their would-be saviours or simply not be swayed in the first place, perhaps things would be different. Their naïveté — and I mean no condescension by the word — is, at the very least, just as important as their indignation. This is what we must strike at.
In order to take better care of the world in the long run, we must address the education levels, or even just political comprehension, of the neglected underclasses. They need to see how their saviours only promote bigotry, and will immediately forget or turn on them as soon as they’re in power. And they need to be convinced that there is another way.
Fortunately, this task of convincing should not be hard. Their comprehension of politics is, as I’ve said, limited. All we must do is keep them quiet again. Calmly talk them off the ledge, maybe toss them a few favours, ease the fear. Appeal to their limited intellect. They’ve proven themselves to be easily exploitable — so exploit them again. Just do it before someone else does, and do it for a better cause. There is no reason to feel bad about this, since they’ve shown that they can’t be trusted. If this does trouble you, think of it as punishment for their audacity and/or stupidity. They’ve proven that they don’t deserve the vote — but don’t take it from them. Just do a better job explaining how to vote the right way.
It is possible to promote a less bigoted, kinder society. All we need to do is convince the poor fools that that’s okay (because it is, after all). If they fear, as many do, that an influx of outsiders might threaten their jobs, just explain to them that this is more of a supplement. Their jobs will be even easier with other exploitable populations helping. No-one is going to lose out on this deal; they get to keep sweeping the sewers or doing whatever it is that they love, but now they’ll have company, and they’ll probably even get to end their work days earlier.
The above is really just one idea to convince the soft-brained morons of the benefits of not voting fearfully or indignantly. I am sure that there are many more, and that they probably don’t even have to be good ideas. The point is that appealing to stupidity doesn’t have to occur in the name of evil. It can be used for the betterment of humankind, if not the planet. Then, once the working classes and their new helpers have reached either an age of re-questioning or an age beyond exploitability — that is, they wise up or get enfeebled — they can be turned into mulch or some kind of power source.