“Diversionary War Theory” states that leaders who are threatened by domestic turmoil may initiate an international conflict in order to shift the nation’s attention away from internal troubles.
Alternatively, “Domestic Diversionary War Theory” has the same objective by pitting group against group.
Domestic diversionary war plays on fear and envy in group politics. An additional benefit besides diversion is to make a group feel surrounded, embattled, threatened, persecuted so they vote predicatively en mass for their perceived “savior” or “champion”.
Domestic diversionary war also negates the need for vision, productivity and accountability. Fear, envy and misdirection trump game plans that benefit all.
Groups’ fighting has romantic appeal like combatants in a Goya painting. Us verses them appeals to a spectrum of intelligence. Rank and file never prosper but group leadership does; thus the longevity of the balkanize sophism. Leadership delivers the votes and is paid handsomely.
Ben Franklin’s admonition “if we can keep our republic” is a cassandra of this anomaly.