More specifically, he is representative of one type of extreme. Not sure what you mean by "wade in the water". Just as one can have faith in something for no good reason to one's detriment, the same holds true for doubt. There is practically an infinite number of examples for both. Freedom and justice (or security) are traded off against each other. Every time you stop at a red light, you forgo your freedom for an element of security. As for how such things are exploited to offer adverse results, it occurs through monopolies that unbalance the natural tension that keeps things healthy .... and inevitably, when left unchecked, erode their very own authority structures. Classic example (I say by observation ... I find contemporary politics too much of a mess to specifically identify and vouch for any party) is American politics that is monopolized by the right and American media/education that is monopolized by the left. Mix them together, and you get strange "solutions" like Trump. Generally, both individually and collectively, we manouver with extremes. When something is unbalanced, the tendency is to not seek balance, but unbalance it in the opposite direction ... thus on it goes.