As somewhat of a student of history I often wonder how one individual can so influence whole societies and sometimes take them down a very dark path. How can so may people be made to believe what someone else wants them to believe and do?
Nazi Germany is a prime example; an entire nation convinced of its superiority, victimization and justification to target scapegoats. A nation of people who willingly fell to the propagandists because they were told what they wanted to hear, what they wanted to believe and what made them feel vindicated and less responsible as individuals and as a society.
Sad to say, I think about all this every time I see the unthinking crowds cheering and jumping around at a Sanders or Trump event.
They are being told what they want to hear, what they want to believe is true, what will get them off the hook for anything … and the facts be damned.
And like the Germans in the 1930s, they ignore or are unaware of history.