Politics is a devious art, existential politics even more so. Politicians, attempting to get their way invent problems that don’t exist. They then attempt to find solutions for these ‘imaginary’ situations. While looking for a solution they have the cover they need to effect change that is unwanted and fraudulent.
So the existential nature is attempting to solve problems that do not exist. Sounds familiar?
Individuals performing voting fraud is an example. The Republicans tell you that this is a serious problem. Poppycock! Hearing after hearing has shown the problem doesn’t exist or in the few actual cases occurs in such a miniscule number that it cannot affect a major election. A solution of suppressing the voting rights of a minority does not combat the fraud (it can’t) but does cause a large number of members of that minority to not vote.
There are also real situations lied about to allow the politician to push an agenda at odds with the Constitution. These half-truths are also used in existential politics.
Fear creation is another tool of existential politics. While any act of terrorism is a trampling of people’s lives, spying, voter taps and all the rights we have given up (such as due process including the military killing of untried people especially via drone) and all the legal and military actions we have sanctioned because of this fear has expanded.
After 9/11 there was a rush to give up freedoms for security (or so it was claimed). This is not a way for a healthy, viable society to evolve.
“At the risk of employing an overused quote, the 20th Century’s most notorious propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, famously said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” There are innumerable modern examples of the efficacy of this strategy, repeating a lie, but few are as obvious as the push for voter ID laws as a means of thwarting alleged “voter fraud.”
“Following the historically disastrous 2000 election debacle, when the laser-like focus should’ve been all about reforming elections by standardizing the voting process and guaranteeing equal and convenient access to polling places, the GOP, instead, set about attacking a separate and distinct problem; a problem which the party conjured out of thin air, to expressly disenfranchise Democratic voters. It wasn’t about irregularities with voting machines, “hanging chads” or butterfly ballots, they said; it was all about individual voters scamming the system. That was the myth they concocted to cover up the obvious trespass against voting rights. The lie is called “voter fraud.” http://www.salon.com/2016/08/23/republicans-voter-fraud-false-flag-voter-id-laws-offer-imaginary-solutions-to-imaginary-problems/
*”Existentialists believe that our human ‘essence’ or ‘nature’ (way of being in the world) is simply our ‘existence’ (being in the world). More simply put, the ‘essence’ of a human, or what makes a human a ‘human’, is not due to nature or uncontrollable circumstances; rather, human essence is really just what we choose to make it. This means that the only nature we as humans have is the nature we make for ourselves. As a result of this, existentialists think that the actions or choices that a person makes are very important. They believe that every person has to decide for themselves what is right and wrong, and what is good and bad.”
“People who believe in existentialism ask questions like “what is it like to be a human (a person) in the world?” and “how can we understand human freedom (what it means for a person to be free)?” Existentialism is often connected with negative emotions, such as anxiety (worrying), dread (a very strong fear), and mortality (awareness of our own death).” https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existentialism