Eric Hoffer
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Philosophy of History
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Synopsis:
  • "Mass movements do not usually rise until the prevailing order has been discredited.
  • "The discrediting is not an automatic result of the blunders and abuses of those in power, but the deliberate work of men of words with a grievance. "
  • "The preliminary work of undermining existing institutions, of familiarising the masses with the idea of change, and of creating a receptivity to a new faith, can be done only by men who are, first and foremost, talkers or writers. . . "
  • "The masses listen to him because they know that his words, however urgent, cannot have immediate results. The authorities either ignore him or use mild methods to muzzle him"
  • "Thus imperceptibly the man of words undermines established institutions, discredits those in power, weakens prevailing beliefs and loyalties, and sets the stage for the rise of a mass movement."

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