From Social Good:
donald trump is using a classic “divide and conquer” strategy to gain and maintain power. Here’s how it works.
The strategy of “divide and conquer,” is as old as conflict itself. Basically, it says that if you want to conquer a group of people, you don’t want to fight them head on. Instead, you want to create division and distrust within that group.
The goal is to separate the enemy into factions that are not strong enough on their on. For instance, if you don’t want the media and the public to unite against you, you can turn them against one another by calling the media “FAKE NEWS,” and an “ENEMY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.” Some people will agree. Others won’t. But the point is that everyone will be forced to choose a side. ….and regardless of which side is chosen, the result is a fractured environment that only benefits one person.
You can see this strategy at work in some of trump’s cabinet picks. He picked a guy wo doesn’t believe humans are the main cause of climate control to lead the EPA. Now the EPA is fractured and cannot unite against him. He picked a woman with no background in education to head the Department of Education. Now, that department is fractured and cannot unite against him. Even in his own inner circle, trump surrounds himself with people who constantly fight with each other.
trump has reportedly said that this is to prevent any single aide from gaining too much power. As a bonus, this “divide and conquer” strategy gives his base an eternal enemy to fight against. As long as trump keeps his base distracted with conflict, they won’t notice how badly he is screwing them over.
Remember. The biggest threat to authoritarianism is unity. Ultimately, we’re all in the same boat, so don’t let yourself get labeled and separated into a category. No group is 100% good or 100% bad. We live in a country where Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart can co-exist peacefully. Surely we can bet along with one another. Only one person benefits from a divide and conquer country, and that’s not you nor I.