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The special skill of the politician consists in knowing what passions can be most easily aroused, and how to prevent them, when aroused, from being harmful to himself and his associates…Moreover, since politicians are divided into rival groups, they aim at similarly dividing the nation…They cannot pay attention to anything difficult to explain, or to anything not involving division (either between nations or within the nation), or to anything that would diminish the power of politicians as a class.

-Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays February 10, 2018