Posts Tagged ‘public opinion’

Hegelian Dialectic

October 26, 2010

The basic idea of the Hegelian Dialectic is that ideas fluctuate through time.  There is a pattern of thesis/counter-thesis/synthesis.  It has been suggested that you can use this pattern to manipulate public opinion.  You simply find someone to advocate a position that is more extreme than the opinion that you actually want held.  The resulting synthesis will be your desired goal.  If the movement is extreme, it may take several steps to get to your desired result.

Currently, there are shrill, extreme, voices on both sides of the political arena.  I wonder if those positions are held sincerely, or if they are an attempt at using the Hegelian Dialectic to sway public policy?  It would be better if we sincerely sought a unified means to a common end, rather than using manipulative tactics to get our own way.

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