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The first step in a fascist movement is the combination under an energetic leader of a number of men who possess more than the average share of leisure, brutality, and stupidity. The next step is to fascinate fools and muzzle the intelligent, by emotional excitement on the one hand and terrorism on the other.
It bothers me that the average fan, the average sportswriter for that matter, pays so much attention to what’s in a box score. A box score does not properly represent the most important thing – team play. It shows some guy scoring 27 points, but it doesn’t show that my 27-point man let his guy score 30.
If zero percent of the elites support something, very low chance it’s going to pass, if 100% support something, very high chance it’s going to pass. Same thing for organized interest groups. But for the average voter, it’s a flat line. Which says it doesn’t matter whether zero percent of the public believes something or 100% of the average voters believe something – it doesn’t affect the probability that that thing will be enacted.