Terror of Agreement

What is scarier than a society perpetually accusing one another peddling lies, broadcasting ‘fake news,’ and manipulating the truth? A society where everyone agrees and nobody asks any questions.

Raging ideological dispute feels psychologically and civically disruptive, yes, but it can have a buffering effect. History is instructive: when we all subsume a single narrative, we soon find ourselves marching obediently into disaster.

Be careful what you wish for. The gleeful agreement of the masses is no less perilous than the mass polarization of opinion.

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