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Hunter S. Thompson called it almost 50 years ago


<bq author="Hunter S. Thompson" caption="Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, ’72" href="" source="CounterPunch">The main problem in any democracy is that crowd-pleasers are generally brainless swine who can go out on a stage and whup their supporters into an orgiastic frenzy—then go back to the office and sell every one of the poor bastards down the tube for a nickel apiece.</bq>