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March 10, 2014

Almanac: Eric Hoffer on political leaders

"The leader personifies the certitude of the creed and the defiance and grandeur of power. He articulates and justifies the resentment dammed up in the souls of the frustrated. He kindles the vision of a breath-taking future so as to justify the sacrifice of a transitory present. He stages a world of make-believe so indispensable for the realization of self-sacrifice and united action."

Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

Posted March 10, 2014 9:00 AM

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