Given the last few weeks, and the last 9 or 10 years of Australian and US politics, this Hume of the Week seems on point. It also captures a large part of how I view the world. No surprise Hume is up there as my favourite thinker.
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.”
Essay 8: Of Public Credit; Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary (1741)
In short, bullshit leads to bad things.