How Populations Are Lured Into Tolerating Previously Unacceptable Behavior In Politics

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Rachel Maddow outlines examples of politicians hyping small things into big deals to justify some extreme action or behavior that would otherwise be unacceptable, and encourages American to become more aware of this tactic and to learn from people who have lived through its application in the past.

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๐Ÿ’ฌ Comments on the video

I'm sure glad Rachel is back. She picks the best fruit on which to report. Great perspective!

Author โ€” Carlos V


We need to learn quickly or its going to be too late. The 20th century has many examples to draw from.

Author โ€” suttonmatthew


Well said Rachel. I hope enough Americans hear you and vote these people out of power before it is too late.

Author โ€” Dr. Dennis Keenan


That needed to be said and bears repeating just so that we can begin to undo the harm that the former resident of the White House has inflicted on democracy in the US.

Author โ€” Just a thought!


It's called Soviet inferiorist tactics! It's akin to McCarthyism.

Author โ€” Paakow Henry


That needed saying. Give oxygen to a minuscule or imaginary "threat" and fan the ember into flames. I was a victim of high school bullies, I see now that's exactly the maddening tactic they used against me.

Author โ€” Renee Wendy


She gives a good example of how they can get a new form of slavery, a good excuse, a new name for it and a signature.

Author โ€” Richard Johnson


The OSS psychological profile of Hitler described him thus:
"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."

Sound familiar?

Author โ€” Marvin Gershowitz


Thanks, Rachel. Your clear-eyed examination of the topics you cover is so valuable, not just for the facts uncovered, but because such scrutiny requires curiosity which is an antidote to fear.

Author โ€” unfingbelievable1


He got hit with a mango. Once hitten, twice dyed.

Author โ€” Scott Moot


She nails the republican strategy straight out of the autocratic authoritarian playbook. Democracy is in clear and present danger.

Author โ€” AJ Rimmer


Before screaming, "๐Ÿ”’her ๐Ÿ†™๏ธ",
Pence LOST Classified emails OFF a PUBLIC server as my deplorable Governor.

Author โ€” The Jason Platt


"The overlap in the Venn diagram between stupid and scary." Well said.

Author โ€” girl from the bronx by way of el barrio


Regarding voting: We don't dare leave Meadows of the list since he did afterall vote in 3 states.

Author โ€” Mary Rodger


"Security guards beating up protesters"? The video shown clearly shows the protesters starting it. Ever heard of self-defense?

Author โ€” Rockonymous


You are EXACTLY RIGHT Rachel!!!
Keep reporting on this!!

Author โ€” Mbr Brm


It also have the consequence that people won't react when something really is an existential threat and gloss it off as exaggeration. Boy that cried wolf in the end gets killed by a wolf because no one believe him when the danger was real.

Author โ€” Dribrom Sunrock


Well put! I wish everyone would listen to this. I don't want the US to be in the middle of stupid and scared anymore.

Author โ€” Cat Williamson


Rachel is the best political analyst on TV. She gets beyond the visceral reaction and explains how things work. For this, we should be grateful, and this is what we will miss when it happens only once a week.

Author โ€” Gnirol Namlerf


The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown. ~ Oxford Essential Quote ๐Ÿ‘€

Author โ€” Bertha Bridges