In 1885, Gustave Le Bon wrote The Psychology of Crowds describing the hypnotic effect being part of the crowd has on an individual. Mussolini (as did others with dreams of being a dictator) devoured Le Bon’s book. To gain power, all you had to do was create a crowd then seduce and manipulate it. And if you gave the crowd a slogan to chant, they would repeat it until they’d hypnotized themselves. The crowd deifies their leader and, as a god, the leader can make no mistakes.
Once part of a crowd, your contours are no longer your own. You’re just a blur.
Thus the Orange One’s base. On the other hand, I’ve been in yoga classes with about 90 people and when we all ‘om’ together it’s a beautiful and equally powerful thing.
Agree, but I wouldn’t put “lock her up” on the same level as “oM”….
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