Sorry for clickbaity title, because I don't know how to shorten the topic into a neat title that explains it all.
So, we were talking about populism, doesn't matter. It became an heated debate that lasted 3 hours when my friend said this, translated to english of course, because we're finnish. This is relevant.
Populism doesn't cater to what people want, because people don't know what they want.
I asked if this is true, how can they vote to elect a politician they want? Is that want incorrect?
He said yes, because they're just choosing that option because there's no other option.
That's the gist of what he said initially.
Now, finland isn't in the two party system. We have multiple political parties. And plenty to choose from when voting for a politician to get elected. I argued it's natural to seek out and opt for voting a politician you favor the most. There's nothing flawed with wanting that.
My other friend and I had to describe the notion of need and wanting something, and how they're natural emotions, how your background and status effect some aspects and in relation, how voting for a person you want, is in fact, actually what you want.
We had to use an hour on a derail he made about definition of danger, and how he believed you shouldn't generalize that all people want wealth and safety. He thinks seeking harm is not evidently self-harming.
I used an crude analog to mock his point on the wanting something being flawed
I had a thirst and had a glass of water. Was i wrong in wanting water? Did i actually want milk? But i didn't have milk because i had run out of milk?
He said yes. He said I was wrong in wanting water.
He also said someone might not need food water or sleep. And was fascinated, FASCINATED to hear that living being do need them.
Anyway, sorry if you read this.
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He debated that it's a philosophical question and that do people really want to elect a leader, or they elect them because it feels right.
Now, i'm not sure these aren't the same thing. For him they are not.
And he said that if someone doesn't vote then does it mean he's without want or need. I said of course not.
Just few bits from the debate. It was mostly this.