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A '''Demagogue''' (from the Greek ''dêm(os)'', people, + ''agōgós'', leading) is a public speaker who is able to sway an [[audience]] into ignoble thoughts and actions.  This is accomplished by manipulating the emotions, prejudices, and passions of listeners.  Demagogues frequently employ [[deceit]] in their [[rhetoric]].
 
A '''Demagogue''' (from the Greek ''dêm(os)'', people, + ''agōgós'', leading) is a public speaker who is able to sway an [[audience]] into ignoble thoughts and actions.  This is accomplished by manipulating the emotions, prejudices, and passions of listeners.  Demagogues frequently employ [[deceit]] in their [[rhetoric]].
  
Demagogues with an evil intent are epitomized historically by [[Adolf Hitler]], [[Joseph Stalin]], [[Pol Pot]] and [[Fidel Castro]]; [[Barack Obama]], [[Hugo Chavez]] and [[Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]] are more contemporary examples.
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Demagogues with an evil intent are epitomized historically by [[Adolf Hitler]], [[Joseph Stalin]], [[Pol Pot]] and [[Fidel Castro]]; [[Barack Obama]], [[Hugo Chavez]] and [[Mahmoud Ahmadinejad]] are more contemporary examples. Other public figures who are viewed as demagogues include political activists [[Al Sharpton]], [[Jesse Jackson]] and [[Louis Farrakhan]] and broadcasters [[Rachel Maddow]], [[Chris Matthews]] and [[Piers Morgan]].
  
 
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Latest revision as of 04:17, 15 February 2013

A Demagogue (from the Greek dêm(os), people, + agōgós, leading) is a public speaker who is able to sway an audience into ignoble thoughts and actions. This is accomplished by manipulating the emotions, prejudices, and passions of listeners. Demagogues frequently employ deceit in their rhetoric.

Demagogues with an evil intent are epitomized historically by Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Fidel Castro; Barack Obama, Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are more contemporary examples. Other public figures who are viewed as demagogues include political activists Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan and broadcasters Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and Piers Morgan.