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Politicians, poverty and manipulating the masses

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Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)
Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

FIRST, let me state the following upfront: poverty, low levels of education, lack of information, inability or laziness to analyse data and to connect the dots are all enemies of democracy.

In countries that enjoy a combination of high education levels and literacy on the one hand, and low poverty levels and smaller gaps between rich and poor on the other, citizens are less easily manipulated by unscrupulous politicians who can get away with throwing crumbs at them while they keep the fat for themselves and those around them.

Because they are often informed and can easily access information through a combination of official avenues, free press and the internet, the political choices of citizens in more developed countries are usually harder to manipulate than those of people in less developed nations.

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