Thus we end up with the current position, in which it’s possible for snake oil salesmen to get elected to positions of real power. People are frightened, and rightly so, and as a result of that fear they’re vulnerable to those who offer what appear to be easy answers. Just as, with a conspiracy theory, there’s the underlying assumption of a “right thing” if it could only be freed from the cover-up created by persons operating with evil intent, so there is the idea in a lot of current voting that there is a “right way” which will make things all right again. 

It doesn’t much matter whether it’s a belief that a wall will keep us safe from bad hombres, or that leaving the EU will bring back an era of peace and prosperity, or that electing Jeremy Corbyn will bring about the defeat of the neo-liberals. These are all myths which people vote for essentially because it makes them feel better, because it’s easier to believe that there is a solution to our problems than to face the truth that there quite possibly isn’t, and that even if there is, it will involve a lot of change on our part and will be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. People don’t want to believe this, far less vote for it. Far easier to believe in the person who stands up waving a magic wand that they claim.can heal all ills, even if closer inspection reveals it to be an imaginary wand.

More tomorrow.