The madness is cyclic

It’s been described many times. Storys and legends talk about it and what you should do to fight the madness.

You are not supposed to look at it.
  “Don’t look back or you will turn into stone!”

One hero fought his enemies not looking at them by turning his back to them and using his polished shield as a mirror to know where to use his sword.
That’s a good idea, because the lunacy is mirrored / inversed / upside-down.

One way to fight idiots is by agreeing to anything they say. If they say “Open the borders!”. Do it! But make sure that everyone knows whose idea it was.
They are not used to getting what they want right away. That confuses them and disturbs the time-plan. They count on resistance and asking for more than they really want.