Saturday, May 12, 2007

Of the Crowd

'The multitude is always read to listen to the strong-willed man, who knows how to impose himself on it. Men gathered in a crowd lose all force of will, and turn instinctively to the person who possesses the quality they lack.'
--French sociologist Gustave Le Bon, in The Crowd (1897)


At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Buster said...

Reminds me of a scene in the 1975 sci-fi movie, "A Boy and His Dog", starring a young Don Johnson.

In a post-apocalyptic, proto-Mad Max desert, there is a small caravan of survivors commanded by a large oaf with an admiral's hat. He bellows "Dig!" to his minions, and they dutifully unearth canned goods for him, while he enjoys a tankard of some beverage.

From his hiding place, Johnson asks his highly intelligent, telepathic dog what's so great about this fellow. The dog replies sardonically, "Charisma."


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