Prejudice seeming to be a focus of frustration against “the other”. Collective prejudice seems to be a unification of such frustration. The tendency to generalize is…well, generalized. In the same way that the use of the “f word” results in escalations, appealing to one’s dislike of characteristics or particular behaviours causes such dislike to turn into deep-seated, generalized resentments. It is no longer acceptable, in most functioning democracies, to publicly castigate “the Jews”. Institutionalized anti-Semitism is nonetheless found in many Arab countries, such as Syria.

Most political leaders in functioning democracies know that it is fairly easy to whip the masses into a frenzy of hatred against “the other”, where “the other” becomes a unifying scapegoat. Both at an individual and at a political leadership level, it is important to guard against creating or feeding the frenzy, since the target can be a moving one, with the creator/feeder actions destroying civil society of the moment. Dislike or resentment of certain behaviours or attitudes is a common human emotion. Acting with a view to generalizing such dislike or resentments to focus against “the other” is a time-tested political strategy, with a significant history of success:

And in terms of the new anti-Semitism…or is this repetition of selected facts…

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1 Response to Frenzy

  1. Danna says:

    Frenzy….so true…when creating a scapegoat the masses feel guiltless hence enabling them to carry out great injustice. Sociology shows us this. So dangerous.

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