Friday, August 19, 2016

[blwjavby] Demagoguery as an economic measure

The theory goes, in tough economic times, demagogues have an easier time seizing power: people become manipulable by the (often false) promise that the demagogue will improve their lives.

Exploit this effect in reverse: measure the economy by how successful demagogues and their false promises are.  Interestingly, this can be done at very high spatial resolution: the economic times of even a single person can be measured by their susceptibility to demagoguery.

Inspired by Trump.

Tangentially, who seizes power when economic times are not tough?

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