How to Defeat a Demagogue – A Strategic Inquiry

Ever since I wrote this post a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been mulling over the question, “How do you defeat a demagogue?”

Given the current political landscape, I would have thought that there’d be a lot of interest in the subject. But when I looked online, the only articles I could find were a few years old and superficial.

It appears that no one out there is writing strategically about the subject.

And if you’re not thinking strategically about it, how are you supposed to succeed?

I think I’m going to write an article about it myself, and perhaps see if I can get it published somewhere with a little wider circulation that this humble blog.

From my initial reading and research, I have already come to some conclusions. First among them, is that you cannot defeat a demagogue by giving the demagogue more attention.

Like everyone else who writes for fun or for profit, I’ve written my share about a certain demagogue in the news lately. But no more. I think that this only plays into his hands. From now on, I may write about demagoguery in the abstract or with indirect or direct references to him, but That Man shall not be named on this blog again.

And that’s all I have to say about that.