Cracked: 5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
No matter how much we want to sympathize with the less privileged, our brains tend to take shortcuts, many of which have been sculpted by millions of years of evolution. The powers that be have long ago learned how to nudge our thoughts into the shortcuts that lead to the conclusions they want us to reach.
This might literally be the oldest trick in the book. I’m thinking powerful people have been doing this to protesters and activists since the days when getting gored by a mammoth was a leading cause of death. It plays out like this:
A) A certain group has a complaint — they’re being discriminated against, had their benefits cut, whatever — but they are not the majority.
B) Because the majority is not affected, they are largely ignorant and uninterested in what is going on with the complainers…
C) To get the majority’s attention, the group with the complaint will gather in large numbers to chant and block traffic, etc. This forces the media to cover the demonstration … and cover the issue in the process…
D) To counter this, all you need to do is simply wait for a member of the activist group — any member — to commit a crime. Then the media will focus on the crime, because riots and broken glass make for even more exciting photos and videos than the demonstrations. The majority — who fears crime and instability above all else — will then hopefully associate the movement with violence from then on.
And that’s just the first tactic on the list. Click the link on top, read the rest. If you get a chill up your spine as you do so, that’s probably because all the tricks in this article are creepily familiar.