Teile-&-Herrsche (engl.)

Theory of Devide-and-Conquer (TDC)

The TDC assumes, that the praxis of head-related, quality-unspecific majority voting generates an artificial conflict within and between persons based on a false dilemma. A false dilemma (i.e. a decision for black or white) is associated with a suppression of alternatives and incorporates a restriction in freedom of expression, free will and information. Additionally, this praxis leads to personal, often unconscious shifts of values and biases in perception and expression due conformity pressure and a radicalization of social perception, which facilitates a polarization and enmity of formerly rather similar minded people and groups.

The TDC further predicts that, in polarizing struggles for supremacy or for a monotheistic / monistic truth in win-lose scenarios and under head-related majority votes, discussions or debates are very likely to tip over towards hot conflicts with increasing verbal or physical attacks on the personal level. Thereby the frequencies of killer phrases, emotionally charged black-and-white or manslaughter arguments (Totschlagargumente) increase, while the probability and the quality of a cooperative and holistic search for empathic/humane and welfare-oriented solutions and decisions including human rights decreases („Functional Fascism“).

The TDC proposes, that under the principle of monistic, quality-unspecific majority voting, deputy and critic wars, conflicts and misunderstandings are more likely to arise systemically and by mainly subliminal psychosocial mechanisms. Thereby negative perceptions and differences are prone to be overweighted and mis-attributed, whereas similarities and the role of contextual conditions are hardly been noticed, and ignored/denied. By means of identification with, and projections of a dual scheme (good – evil / ingroup – outgroup), people with otherwise similar opinions tend to see them-selves as competitors, opponents or enemies (as an expression of a latent “war in our heads”). This can make it easy to underestimate consensus (dissent illusion) through increasing interpersonal conflicts, and to undermine and manipulate people, to repress opinions and to split off or minimize resistance groups (divide-and-conquer effect).

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