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Ochlocracy – The Rule of the Mob

Ochlocracy - The Rule of the Mob

“Whoever has provoked men to rage against him has always gained a party in his favor, too.”
– Nietzsche

Ochlocracy (Greek: ὀχλοκρατία, okhlokratía; Latin: ochlocratia) or mob rule is government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus meaning “the fickle crowd”, from which the English term “mob” was originally derived in the 1680s.

Ochlocracy (“rule of the general populace”) is democracy (“rule of the people”) spoiled by demagoguery.

When the mob rages, the opposition gains. Be wary where you stick those torches.

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