Today's Crowd Psychology, via Gustave Le Bon's 'The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind'


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“So far as the majority of their acts are considered, crowds display a singularly inferior mentality; yet there are other acts in which they appear to be guided by those mysterious forces which the ancients denominated destiny, nature, or providence, which we call the voices of the dead, and whose power it is impossible to overlook, although we ignore their essence. It would seem, at times, as if there were latent forces in the inner being of nations which serve to guide them.”

After a long political run of riots in every major city across the United States of America, the Trump presidency approaches its end with a final(...?) peaceful protest. Did the world watch a kick off for civil war, has everyone lost their mind to the pressures of the regime's Covid response? Is social polarization worse than ever? Or are we perhaps in the same state of helpless mass hypnosis we have been in since the dawn of civilization?

Today we reach back 125 into the past to try and get a better understanding of our future. Come with us as we look at polymath Gustave Le Bon’s most influential work: The Crowd A Study of the Popular Mind. We also discuss Mencius Moldbug/Curtis Yarvin's latest article 'Big tech has no power at all.'

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