Tag: Scapegoat

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: The Political Scapegoat


“In order to see yourself and your group as all good, you have to project the evil you are unable to acknowledge in yourself onto an external entity: some other group, the ones not like us. The stronger the cognitive dissonance, the more intense will be the projection. The other becomes the embodiment of evil. This then gives rise to the pathology of victimhood and is the ultimate source of scapegoating: ‘It wasn’t us, it was them.’ From this flowed rivers of blood of human sacrifice throughout the ages. They still do today.” — Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Covenant and Conversation

In this book, Rabbi Sacks explains how the meaning of “scapegoat” has come to mean precisely its opposite. In ancient times, two identical male goats were selected: one was to be sacrificed to G-d, the other was taken by the High Priest who took the sins of the Jewish people and placed them on the second goat, which was then sent into the desert to Azazel, where the goat would plunge to its death.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Scapegoating of Donald Trump


Given the increasing vitriol, distortions and flat-out lies that appear daily in the media, at protests, and on college campuses, many have theorized on why Donald Trump generates such extreme reactions. I have an obsession about trying to understand why people do what they do, particularly when their behaviors are beyond irrational.

The other day it dawned on me, however, that these extreme activities attacking Trump are more than annoying and disturbing. I believe they represent an ominous and destructive pattern: scapegoating.