How Demagogues Spawn Systems of Oppression & Violence
PREJUDICE + POWER = OPPRESSION
(Prejudiced Beliefs + Discriminatory Acts + Power Structure Dominance = Societal Systems of Oppression)
A Formula to Help Unravel the Dynamics & Intersectionality of
Prejudice | Privilege | Supremacism | Bigotry | Denigration | Discrimination | Power | Oppression
Dualism | Scapegoating | Demonization | Conspiracism | Dehumanization | Demagoguery
Aggression | Apocalyptic Aggression | Segregation | Ethnoviolence | Slavery | Expulsion | Genocide
Scapegoating: blaming a person or group wrongfully for some problem, especially for other people's misdeeds. Scapegoating deflects people's anger and grievances away from the real causes of a social problem onto a target group demonized as malevolent wrongdoers. ~
The problem may be real or imaginary, the grievances legitimate or illegitimate, and members of the targeted group may be wholly innocent or partly culpable. The scapegoats are wrongfully stereotyped as all sharing the same negative trait or are singled out for blame while other major culprits are let off the hook.
- Anti-elite scapegoating (or Anti-elite conspiracism): a form of conspiracism that targets groups seen as sinister elites abusing their power from above. While it sometimes attacks some actual members of the elite, anti-elite scapegoating fails to analyze the underlying systems of power and oppression. Instead, it blames social problems on the subjective actions of small groups who are seen as an alien force distorting the normal workings of society.
- Countersubersive Scapegoating (or Countersubersive conspiracism): a form of conspiracism that targets groups portrayed as subversives trying to overturn the established order from below or from within. Countersubversive scapegoating often demonizes anti-oppression struggles and plays on people's fears of disorder, violence, invasion, or moral collapse.