F.M.L – How a fanatic minority can lead society contrary to majority belief

M. Pajuhaan
2 min readNov 11, 2023

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In recent years, we’ve observed a curious phenomenon: the ability of a passionate, often fanatic minority to steer societal direction in ways that may not align with majority beliefs. This dynamic, although not new, has gained prominence in the digital age.

The core concept revolves around the disproportionate influence that a small, highly motivated group can wield over the larger, often less engaged majority. This minority, fueled by strong convictions, typically exhibits a relentless pursuit of their objectives, leveraging social media platforms to amplify their voice. Their tactics often include persistent activism, strategic messaging, and at times, extreme measures to draw attention to their cause.

Contrast this with the majority, who, despite outnumbering the minority, often display a relatively passive attitude towards societal issues. This passivity stems from a variety of factors: the complexity of modern life, the perception that individual voices are insignificant in the grand scheme, or simply a preference for maintaining status quo. As a result, the majority’s more moderate or diverse viewpoints remain underrepresented in public discourse.

This disparity in engagement levels creates a vacuum that the fanatic minority fills. They set the agenda, frame the narrative, and, ultimately, drive policy decisions and societal norms. This influence is disproportionate to their actual numbers but is a testament to their strategic use of available platforms and tools.

Furthermore, politicians and businesses, sensitive to public opinion and controversy, often capitulate to the demands of these vocal minorities, fearing backlash or negative publicity. This capitulation reinforces the minority’s influence, creating a feedback loop that further marginalizes the majority’s perspective.

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M. Pajuhaan

Design is my passion and expertise. I am an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. Currently my focus is on designing businesses based on AI and robotics.