He’s Not Dead Yet

The title topic refers to yet another reference to Eric Hoffer. This time the reminder was via Jesse Kelly who wrote:

Communism: The promise to hurt the people you blame for your problems in exchange for power

Hoffer’s book, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements, is all about the genesis of those who need to join a mass movements. Kelly thinks it is only Communism but it’s actually any mass movement.

The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement.

I think it is only a small hop, skip, and a jump from Hoffer to Kelly in this regard.
And there’s this too which is a bit off topic, but is so bitingly funny.

Nonconformists travel as a rule in bunches. You rarely find a nonconformist who goes it alone. And woe to him inside a nonconformist clique who does not conform with nonconformity

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