A demagogue is person, especially an orator or a political leader, who gains power by arousing people's emotions, passions, and prejudices rather than by using rational arguments. Demagogues have been found in democracies from historic Athens to the present day. Democracies are instituted to ensure freedom for all and popular control over government authority, but through their appeal, demagogues exploit the freedom secured under democracy to gain a level of power for themselves that overrides the rule of law, thereby undermining democracy.
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David Ritchey's vocations have included: naval officer, businessman, fine art photographer, psychotherapist, researcher, and writer. His avocations have included: scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and SCRABBLE™.
After being educated in economics at Yale University, he served for five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman, but shortly thereafter followed his true inclinations and became a fine art photographer.
While immersed in the art world, he became fascinated by the psychology/neurology of creativity, and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his 15 years of clinical practice, specializing in hypnotherapy, he became especially interested in the psychodynamics of those clients who reported having had transpersonal ("metaphysical") experiences, and undertook a twelve year project of researching and writing about such people, who he speaks of as "Anomalously Sensitive Persons."
Later, he became his daughter's business manager at her art gallery on Cape Cod, and spent a few years involved simultaneously in the worlds of both business and art.
Now "retired," he spends his time writing about a wide range of subjects that are of special interest to him. Information about his books can be found at davidritchey-author.com.
He currently lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He has two grown children, Harper and Mac, and a grandson, Brendan.
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