31 October 2010

The residue of all classes

"The mob is primarily a group in which the residue of all classes are represented. That 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 will always 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." (The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt, 1994; page 107).

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