The Other McCain

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Celebrating The Crowd At CPAC, i

Posted on | February 9, 2012 | 5 Comments

by Smitty

Gustav Le Bon’s 1895 book The Crowd heavily informed Ann Coulter’s
book Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America. Thanks to Ann for the hat tip. Rather than take her route of showing the specific evil effects of the Democrat party, and then quoting Le Bon, it seems needful to go back to Le Bon’s book and explore his ideas in the book. Le Bon is subtle in his diabolical approach, I find. The Darth Vader of the social sciences, perhaps.

While I’m going to agree with Ann and argue that Progressives have abused the aspects of human nature illuminated by Le Bon, here’s what I think is important:

  1. Not wasting time getting emotional about the history involved.
  2. Avoiding seduction by the dark side of the mob force, and becoming the Left.
  3. Asking ourselves how, if at all possible, our notions of individual liberty and American exceptionalism can be bolstered to protect a post-Progressive future from going down the same road of statism and debt.

With that, this series follows the Le Bon’s table of contents, with a post on every item illuminating what I think are the key takeaways.


5 Responses to “Celebrating The Crowd At CPAC, i”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    February 9th, 2012 @ 11:21 am
  2. DaveO
    February 9th, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    Just a general note on the Star Wars analogy.
    Obi Wan Kenobi and Yoda went into hiding. All the other jedis were slaughtered. That whole “Army of One” thing is pure crap.
    Lucas never shows the fight after the victory above the forest moon of Endor. Coruscant would likely make Stalingrad look like a child’s game of duck, duck, goose.
    And apart from Star Wars:
    The Church (not Islam, nor any other religion) convinced the victors, who loved them some genocidal fury, to stop fighting on the first day of the week, observe the seventh as Sabbath, and cultivate the rules of Chivalry.
    If to retain our great Nation we have to adopt the tactics of our domestic enemies in order to destroy them, then we best hope the Church remains a potent force for Christian morality to bring us back.

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