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 (dĕm′ə-gô′gĭz-əm, -gŏg′ĭz-)
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demagogism, demagoguism, demagogy

the art and practice of gaining power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people. Also demagoguery.
See also: Politics
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Results in demagogism, license, agitation, discontent, anarchy."
"My own opinion is that, at this time, they cannot vote intelligently, and that giving them the [vote] would lead to a great deal of demagogism, and lead to embarrassments in various ways." Lee could admit the possibility of black suffrage only if it followed some long process of labor and educational improvement (unlikely for blacks within his definition of their intrinsically limited intellectual potential).
But Slovak nationhood must be rediscovered and rebuilt in slow stages - and without the radical nationalist demagogism of Meciar, who, as an ex-communist time server, is to be regarded with suspicion.