Alexander Hamilton worried about a demagogue coming to power by inciting and stoking mob emotions.
From Fed. Papers #2: "those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people . . .
". . . commencing demagogues, and ending tyrants.” A. Ham.
Hamilton's fears came from his reading of classical philosophy.
Plato warned that demagogues can lead mobs to destructive behavior.
—um, perhaps like going on killing rampages after being pumped up over "invaders."
I suppose this is what Giuliani means by a "unique and potent political weapon."
The Hamilton Quotation is from Federalist Papers #1, not #2.
(It was a typo!! I know where there quotation is from!)
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