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Hard times in New York Town

Merci Hannah Arendt


« the mob is primarily a group in which the residue of all classes are represented. this makes it so easy to mistake the mob for the people, which also comprises all strata of society. While the people in all great revolutions fight for true representation, the mob always will shout for the « strong man », the « great leader ». For the mob hates society from which it is excluded, as well as Parliament where it is not represented. Plebiscites, therefore, with which modern mob leaders have obtained such excellent results, are an old concept of politicians who rely upon the mob« .

Hannah Arendt, on totalitarism

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