Wormwood A Politician?

In his often amusing and sometimes disturbing work The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis introduces us to Screwtape, a highly-placed (or perhaps lowly-placed) demon in Hell’s “lowerarchy”, who advises his nephew, Wormwood, a junior demon, on the best methods to tempt and control his “patient” (a human man) to prevent him from going over to the “Enemy,” i.e. God.   He tells Wormwood

“…are you not being a trifle naive?  It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep him [the “patient”] out of the Enemy’s clutches.  That might have been so if he had lived a few centuries earlier.  At that time the humans still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not;  and if it was proved they really believed it.  They still connected thinking with doing and were prepared to alter their way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning.  But what with the weekly press and other such weapons we have largely altered that…Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church.”

Now, substitute “voter” for “patient” and “human”, “reason” for “the Enemy”, and “winning an election” for “keeping him from the Church.”  It reads,

“…are you not being a trifle naive?  It sounds as if you supposed that argument was the way to keep “the voter” out of “reason’s” clutches.  That might have been so if he had lived a few centuries earlier.  At that time the “voters” still knew pretty well when a thing was proved and when it was not;  and if it was proved they really believed it.  They still connected thinking with doing and were prepared to alter their way of life as the result of a chain of reasoning.  But what with the weekly press and other such weapons we have largely altered that…Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in “winning an election.””

Does anyone else get the impression that, in the 21st century, Screwtape may be advising Wormwood in a political campaign?

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