July 3, 2022

Psychology of Totalitarianism

by Interfaith

Why do some see a global anti-human conspiracy and most do not see such? Desmet’s new book says the latter group suffer from a form of mass hypnosis:


From his Introduction:

Contemporary societies place their faith in science as the most reliable way of understanding the world. Furthermore, the foregoing problem is directly related to the phenomenon of totalitarianism. In fact, this is precisely what [Hannah] Arendt exposes: The undercurrent of totalitarianism consists of blind belief in a kind of statistical-numerical “scientific fiction” that shows “radical contempt for facts”: “The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction and the distinction between true and false no longer exist.”

(Discussion in ‘Books‘ started by Nicholas Weeks 1/07/2022)

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