13 Divide and Rule

“The two party system is like magic black and white squares which look like a staircase at one moment and a checkerboard the next.”

I.F. Stone, American journalist

This chapter seeks to unmask the divide & rule techniques that take the division between the In Party and the Out Party and extends it into society. At the same time, the populace always have somebody to blame for the problems of society, whether it is because of what they have done, or have not done.  As H.L.Mencken put it in 1956: “Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.”

We saw the extension of this policy during British colonization when it was a standard method for getting one side to ask Britain for military intervention – the rest is history around the globe. It continues today with a recent example in Iraq, which under American occupation, dissolved into civil war between factions that once lived peaceably together.