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The Linnet and the Leaf

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If there's no hatred in a mind

Assault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.

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- W. B. Yeats, Prayer for my Daughter

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How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways....

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Iftekhar Sayeed teaches English and economics. He was born and lives in Dhaka, "ŽBangladesh. He has contributed to AXIS OF LOGIC, ENTER TEXT, POSTCOLONIAL "ŽTEXT, LEFT CURVE, MOBIUS, ERBACCE, THE JOURNAL, and other publications. "ŽHe is also a (more...)
 
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n Bangladesh, we have living memory of demagoguery and outgroup hatred. And yet, that memory has been resuscitated to generate total loyalty in the present. ""He who controls the past, controls the future; and he who controls the present, controls the past."

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Great article full of political insights and historical examples. I was struck by the point that secular democracy generates a social psychology of irrational strife and hatred between opposing parties/groups within nations. The simple act of randomly dividing people into groups is enough to generate the "us vs. them" group identities and the irrational choices and behaviors. Most humans are not rational animals who base their beliefs, values and behaviors on empirical observation, rational analysis, and cost-benefit calculations of their own and their fellow humans' interests. Humans are emotionally-driven creatures who can easily be manipulated to support causes that harm their own interests and empower the manipulative tyrants. "Democracy" is the battle to inflame the moral emotions of the masses to "our" side - which is really the side of the manipulator, not the side of the masses. Democracy does not work as advertised. But the masses do not base their beliefs on observation of reality. They are told what to believe, and they believe it.

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