The comment below is very interesting in that it unwittingly illustrates Hoffer's views so eloquently.
It is estimated that algore is worth a half a billion dollars, most of which has been generated by his global warming scam. It makes no difference to observe that the polar caps have twice as much ice as they did in the nineties when Gore predicted they would disappear by today. The truth makes no difference, the only important thing is to be part of the movement much as Hoffer explains in this brilliant book.
Fascinating, fresh and relevant. If you only read one book this year, choose this one. Powerful insights for anyone who seeks to understand why and how people become fanatics - about left or right politics, religion, or anything else. A must read.
I had to look back a few times to check the original publish date (1951) because this book read like it was written in 2011, with the Arab Spring, Occupy, Tea Party, shock radio and fundamentalist religions in mind. It is a collection of thoughts (not scientific inquiry) and Hoffer carefully notes this. A must read - this will be one that I buy for the home library.
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