Polemics and Demagoguery
Political movements do not seek out autonomous people. They need a compromised populace that fit meekly into their finalising vision. And when this is achieved to any degree, the program’s architect feels an artist’s aesthetic satisfaction.
Appeal to reason has no place in a politican’s toolbox. If ever rarely used, it is to extract oneself out of a ham-fisted corner. And such a use makes no mark on memory; for it is swiftly recalled, and condemned to an irrelevant recess of society, before anyone manages to see it.
To create an army of voiceless slaves that are accessible to manipulation, one needs to rouse ‘emotion’.
When one is left with the extraordinarily banal question of “through what ruse now does one rouse and incense people?” - Polemics appears like a star on the horizon, glowing in its own light.
Polemics are potent weapons. They cut to the quick. In its grip, common people losing their otherwise pragmatic nature, become as if they are possessed. Losing originality, this now possessed and monophonic people - can be deployed to impossible and difficult tasks. They are an enslaved people, with only the goal in mind. All else forgotten; they are unto an army of commandos with ice water running in their veins.
Polemics come in many forms: from plain ravings for an unsophisticated audience; to being clothed in evidence and science-like language for the effete. Irrespective of how they appear at first glance - they often sell a story that stands in opposition to the chaos, incompatibility and contradictions of the world. Its deployers are masters of hermeneutics. They defend and offer a one theory of everything, which is given to heavy improvs and smoothing over when cross-examined. Once the subjected audience is sufficiently proselytised, they are gripped by an anxiety to heed its call to action. Swimming in the shallow waters of a flawed theory, these newly minted believers are alienated from the joy and buoyancy of knowing the great ocean of the vast unknown evidenced by valid antinomies.