Morning Jolt: An Important Reminder about the ‘Silent Majority’

On the menu today: A British historian offers a poignant statement about the British "silent majority," standing in line for 24 hours or more to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Closer to home, both Republicans and Democrats believe they're the voice of the "silent majority" and that the midterms will bring a stinging rebuke to the opposition party. But there's good reason to think that neither party represents much more than a brief, tenuous majority — and that talk of a "silent majority" is only politically consequential if that silent majority is willing to show up and make its voice heard at the ballot box.

The 'Silent Majority' Matters More If It's a Voting Majority

The notion that your view is much more popular than it seems, and that it is shared by a large group of people in a country or region who do not express their opinions publicly, is a deeply reassuring one. The belief that you are part of a "silent majority" means you're not alone or part of a shrinking minority. It means that the opposition's power is ephemeral, and its popularity is illusory. The opposition has only temporarily won by being louder and more ...

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An Important Reminder about the 'Silent Majority'

On the menu today: A British historian offers a poignant statement about the British "silent majority," standing in line for 24 hours or more to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II. Closer to home, both Republicans and Democrats believe they're the voice of the "silent majority" and that the midterms will bring a stinging rebuke to the opposition party. But there's good reason to think that neither party represents much more than a brief, tenuous majority — and that talk of a "silent majority" is only politically consequential if that silent majority is willing to show up and make its voice heard at the ballot box.

The 'Silent Majority' Matters More If It's a Voting Majority

The notion that your view is much more popular than it seems, and that it is shared by a large group of people in a country or region who do not express their opinions publicly, is a deeply reassuring one. The belief that you are part of a "silent majority" means you're not alone or part of a shrinking minority. It means that the opposition's power is ephemeral, and its popularity is illusory. The opposition has only temporarily won by being louder and more ...   READ MORE

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