Demagogues & Dollars

Election Day looms in the U.S., and when the polls close on Tuesday evening, more than $2 billion will have been spent to urge, cajole, and frighten Americans into voting one way or the other. And all this for a midterm election! What does this orgy of political spending teach us about our democracy? Well, maybe this: “the demagogue’s secret is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he really is.”