The US Presidential elections: A preview from the past
Updated on 16 September 2023
Shigeru MIZUKI has published a three-volume manga: History of Japan Showa. It is a mix of both micro-history (his growing up in that period) and macro-history: Japan during the first part of Hirohito’s reign.
The following quote may apply to the forthcoming US Presidential election:
(One reads the balloons from right to left)
The third balloon is a powerful indictment of the current doctrine that in a joist of ideas “the best idea will win” – the muscular, the better. When people are no longer able to determine for themselves the rights and wrongs of the arguments, they’ll go for conviction – no matter how preposterous the claims. Conviction is strongest when unfettered by facts. Facts call for caution, doubt, ambivalence, and inclusiveness. Listeners construe prudence as weakness.
Siding with the loudest may be a good heuristic in absence of discriminating fact. There is safety in numbers, and “follow the leader” is a way out of aporia. Better, I reckon, that being caught up in doubt like Buridan’s ass – starving for sure.
Mother nature would agree:
 See: Harry G. FRANKFURT (2005): On bullshit. Princeton University Press, Princeton. Also: Cass R. SUNSTEIN (2009): Going to extremes. How like minds unite and divide. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
 This observation reflects my experience on the hustings, trying to argue the benefits (and costs) of the European Economic Area Agreement (EEA) in Switzerland- or maybe I was just a lousy orator.