The Neuroscience Of Populism

Why it’s so easy for demagogues to take control

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The last few years have served to demonstrate beyond doubt that Plato’s critique of democracy was valid. 2,500 years ago the Athenian philosopher noted that the fundamental weakness of democracy is that a great many people, perhaps the majority of any society, aren’t very bright and therefore are easy prey for unscrupulous demagogues.