The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
It’s too easy to criticize a man when he’s out of favour, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else’s mistakes.
If brainstorming becomes ‘blamestorming’ by reason of time pressure or on account of pure laziness, the truth may be assaulted and unyieldingly vilified. Blamestorming becomes then downright a perfidious appeal to scapegoating with a torrent of frantic manhunts for ‘culprits on duty’. (‘Blamestorming’)
Scapegoating worked in practice while it still had religious powers behind it. You loaded the sins of the city on to the goat’s back and drove it out, and the city was cleansed. It worked because everyone knew how to read the ritual, including the gods. Then the gods died, and all of a sudden you had to cleanse the city without divine help.
The best way to avoid becoming a scapegoat is to find one.
I have this feeling that immigrants unwittingly help to keep peace between nations by being scapegoats for national ills that would otherwise be blamed on neighbours.
For scapegoating to occur, a community must agree on a target who can be blamed for anything that goes wrong. Sometimes a community just needs someone to BE wrong all the time, so they can know they are right. It really doesn’t matter if the person is actually guilty or wrong, as long as everyone agrees on it. That agreement allows the community to act against the scapegoat and feel justified. They can hate, abuse, ridicule, neglect, expel, wound or kill the scapegoat and actually experience feelings of joy and well-being afterward.
Crazy how so many British people can walk into Tesco, see 30 self-service checkouts, and still believe that it’s immigrants who are taking all the jobs.
Until someone is prepared to lay out the systemic problem, we will simply go through cycles of finding corruption, finding a scapegoat, eliminating the scapegoat, and relaxing until we find the next scandal.
A scapegoat remains effective as long as we believe in its guilt.
Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.
During my first season at Manchester, the team was not performing, and I was the scapegoat.