Kiwi Polemicist

September 19, 2008

Election 2008: a tale of two hucksters

Imagine that you’re walking down the main street in your town and you see two hucksters next to each other. They’re standing on the footpath and both are surrounded by the goods that they’re trying to sell.

The one on the right is dressed in blue and he is extolling the virtues of the goods that he’s wanting to sell; he’s not flashy, but he seems to know what he’s talking about.

The one on the left is dressed in red and he barely mentions the goods that he’s trying to sell; instead he spends most of his time loudly  attacking the huckster in blue, making illogical criticisms of his business skills. You start to wonder why this huckster dressed in red fails to mention the virtues of the goods that he is selling, and this is quite a puzzle. However, after a short time you notice that certain people allow themselves to fall under the huckster’s spell: they then conclude that since the guy in blue is so incompetent they really must buy from the guy in red. You are surprised by this because the goods they get are clearly inferior to those sold by the guy in blue; moreover, the guy in red just gives the customers whatever he believes that they need.

Although the huckster in blue is selling goods that are better than those of the guy in red you know that you can find superior goods elsewhere, so you walk away, shaking your head in wonderment at the gullibility of mankind.


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  1. […] 2008: a tale of two hucksters Click here to view my perspective on the electoral techniques of Labour and National… Published […]

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