The True Believer by Eric Hoffer is a journey into the mind of the unreasoned mind. He takes a long look at mass movements, and the people who give their lives up to them. It is not merely the psychology of the ardent communist, or nationalist, but of the cultist as well
He delves into this subject in a manner that makes sense of the nonsensical. In so doing, he reveals much of what is happening in modern society. Written in a the post World War period, it is marked by references that the modern reader might find quaint, if not out of step. Yet, like Hayek’s Road to Serfdom (also written in this period) it defies a time stamp.
He at times seems to overreach in his analysis, but still offers much insight into the mind of mass followers. One learns to see the tactics of the left in a new light, including what is happening today on college campuses, and with liberalism in general. A must read for those who find confusing the anger of the left, especially when provided with facts that contradict their beliefs.
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