Originally Posted by DACrowe
Bane is literally a false populist "revolutionary." It in many ways is a parody/warning of the fearmongerers who peddle in patriotism and revolutionary rhetoric (Glenn Beck types). He is based on Robespierre who promised a "free" France, but instilled a reign of terror where THOUSANDS were executed because of class, social or simply prejudicial standing.
Bane did not believe his populist BS. That is kind of the point.
As long as he could get Gotham to believe, then that's all that mattered. Bane knew his agenda as he only wanted Gotham to believe they still had some hope left.