•Simon is a young Bahamian with things on his mind
who wishes to remain anonymous. His column 'Front Porch' is published
every Tuesday in the Nassau Guardian. He can be reached at
Political power is an enticement to demagoguery. Adolf Hitler exploited a poisonous cocktail of German pride, humiliation and economic collapse following its defeat in World War I, becoming one of history’s more notorious demagogues. In the U.S., Senator Joseph McCarthy exploited fears of communism to hunt for “the godless commie traitors” in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
Commerce is also a lucrative enticement. American talk show huckster Rush Limbaugh and a charade of pundit-profiteers manipulate severe economic dislocation in the world’s leading superpower, manufacturing -- from an alchemy of race-baiting, immigrant-bashing and other exploitable grievances -- troves of gold.
The Bahamas faces a season of demagoguery as we confront a perfect storm of fear and anxiety induced by one of the worst economic crises in most of our lifetimes, and waves of violent crime and illegal migrants, neither of which are likely to crest in the foreseeable future.