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The Problem With Being Popular

Or rather, with trying to be, is it becomes a numbers game. When you bring this game into politics however, it is people’s lives that you are playing with.

The global surge in populism can be observed all too clearly in Trump’s America, and in Great Britain’s act of self harm in deciding to leave the European Union. In both these cases, political leaders appealed to base emotions of the electorate, and in so doing negated the requirement for reason or rationalism. Emotion is a powerful thing, and a personal thing. Those who attempted to stem the tide with arguments of causality and reason were dismissed; after all, who needs facts when you ‘feel’ something to be true.

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