a person who exercises a controlling or mesmeric influence on another, especially for a sinister purpose.
The wealthy and powerful try to keep us dazed and confused. It can be seen as the logical outcome of our following a path we have been on for many decades. We appear to be on a runaway train and the conductor is dead at the controls.
Why poor and middle class republicans vote against their own interests:
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Johnson
The enemy is brownness and whiteness, maleness and femaleness. The enemy is our urgent need to stereotype and close off people, places, and events into isolated categories. Hatred, distrust, irresponsibility, unloving, classism, sexism, and racism, in their myriad forms, cloud our vision and isolate us…. We close off avenues of communication and vision so that individual and communal trust, responsibility, loving, and knowing are impossible.
ANDREA CANAAN (poet and writer), “Brownness,” quoted in Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua, editors, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, 1981